Kitten Care Guide

There is lots to think about when preparing for a new kitten.

Vaccination and Health Check - check out our Flying Start Package!
One of the first items on the agenda is to bring your kitten to your vet for a thorough health check and first vaccination.

Vaccinating your kitten is one of the most important preventative health care measures that you can take.  Vaccinations can be given from nine weeks of age and the diseases vaccinated against are: cat flu (2 major types), feline enteritis and feline leukaemia.

Kittens require two injections, administered on two occasions, 3 - 4 weeks apart.  They then require an annual booster to maintain immunity.

First vaccinations can be given at any of our three clinics and when you come for a first vaccination, your new kitten will be given a full health check.  The vet will also discuss flea and worming treatments, the best diet for your new kitten and pet insurance. 

Worming.
Kittens should be wormed from 6 weeks of age, we recommend that you worm your kitten fortnightly until 12 weeks of age.  After 12 weeks of age we recommend that you worm your puppy monthly to 6 months, thereafter every 3 months is sufficient.
We stock a range of products that treat round & tape worms in various formats.

Flea Control.
Kittens should be treated for fleas from 8 weeks of age.  They should be treated every 5 weeks as a preventative measure.

Diet.
Your new kitten will require a nutritious diet to help them develop properly.  It is important they are a high quality kitten diet for the first year of their life.

Neutering.
In this practice we recommend that cats of both sexes, if not required for breeding, should be neutered at an early age.
Both queens and tom cats can be neutered from 5 months onwards and they should be done after their vaccination course is completed. 

Microchip.
Microchipping is a simple procedure that injects a small chip carrying a unique 12 digit ID code under to skin of your kitten.  When read with a scanner this unique ID code is used to identify your kitten.  In the event of your kitten being found by a vet, we can contact you. 

Insurance.
At Clare Vet Group we strongly advise you to insure your pet in case of accident or illness.  At first vaccination you will be offered 4 weeks free insurance through Petplan, as long as you have no other policy for your kitten, we advise that you avail of this.  We recommend Petplan insurance as it provides comprehensive lifelong cover.  Take care when researching insurance as some companies only provide cover for a year and lifelong conditions can be left uninsured after the years cover has elapsed.

There is lots to think about when preparing for a new kitten.

Vaccination and Health Check - check out our Flying Start Package!
One of the first items on the agenda is to bring your kitten to your vet for a thorough health check and first vaccination.

Vaccinating your kitten is one of the most important preventative health care measures that you can take.  Vaccinations can be given from nine weeks of age and the diseases vaccinated against are: cat flu (2 major types), feline enteritis and feline leukaemia.

Kittens require two injections, administered on two occasions, 3 - 4 weeks apart.  They then require an annual booster to maintain immunity.

First vaccinations can be given at any of our three clinics and when you come for a first vaccination, your new kitten will be given a full health check.  The vet will also discuss flea and worming treatments, the best diet for your new kitten and pet insurance. 

Worming.
Kittens should be wormed from 6 weeks of age, we recommend that you worm your kitten fortnightly until 12 weeks of age.  After 12 weeks of age we recommend that you worm your puppy monthly to 6 months, thereafter every 3 months is sufficient.
We stock a range of products that treat round & tape worms in various formats.

Flea Control.
Kittens should be treated for fleas from 8 weeks of age.  They should be treated every 5 weeks as a preventative measure.

Diet.
Your new kitten will require a nutritious diet to help them develop properly.  It is important they are a high quality kitten diet for the first year of their life.

Neutering.
In this practice we recommend that cats of both sexes, if not required for breeding, should be neutered at an early age.
Both queens and tom cats can be neutered from 5 months onwards and they should be done after their vaccination course is completed. 

Microchip.
Microchipping is a simple procedure that injects a small chip carrying a unique 12 digit ID code under to skin of your kitten.  When read with a scanner this unique ID code is used to identify your kitten.  In the event of your kitten being found by a vet, we can contact you. 

Insurance.
At Clare Vet Group we strongly advise you to insure your pet in case of accident or illness.  At first vaccination you will be offered 4 weeks free insurance through Petplan, as long as you have no other policy for your kitten, we advise that you avail of this.  We recommend Petplan insurance as it provides comprehensive lifelong cover.  Take care when researching insurance as some companies only provide cover for a year and lifelong conditions can be left uninsured after the years cover has elapsed.

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Ballyclare Hospital
75 Ballynure Road
Ballyclare
BT39 9AG
028 9332 2223

Abbey Clinic
163 Doagh Road
Whiteabbey
BT36 6AA
028 9036 5573
Cavehill Clinic
136 Cavehill Road
Belfast
BT15 5BU
028 9071 8134

Carrick Clinic
Unit 1 Victoria Road,
Shopping Centre,
Carrickfergus, 
BT38 7JE



                                                   

Ballyclare Hospital
75 Ballynure Road
Ballyclare
BT39 9AG
028 9332 2223

Abbey Clinic
163 Doagh Road
Whiteabbey
BT36 6AA
028 9036 5573
Cavehill Clinic
136 Cavehill Road
Belfast
BT15 5BU
028 9071 8134

Carrick Clinic
Unit 1 Victoria Road,
Shopping Centre,
Carrickfergus, 
BT38 7JE