Health Care for Your Kitten

When adopting a kitten, your first port of call should be to your veterinarian. Your vet will give your new baby a check-up and inspect their general health. They will start them on de-worming treatments as well as administering their vital vaccinations. Please do not delay going to your vet, it is essential you start taking care of your kitten’s health immediately.

**Always ask your vet for advice on the necessary treatments, they will recommend products and give you sound advice.

De-worming
In general, cats need to be de-wormed every three to four months. Kittens can be de-wormed from about 2 weeks old and it is advised that they are de-wormed every two weeks to a month until they are three months old. From then on, every three to four months.

Vaccinations
According to the South African Veterinarian Association, there are Core Vaccines for cats which should be given to ALL cats, in ALL regions, because they protect against diseases that are widespread and which have serious effects.

Core vaccines for CATS

  • Feline panleukopenia
  • Feline herpesvirus infection
  • Feline calicivirus infection

Rabies
There are also Non-Core Vaccines, which are given strategically when a disease is prevalent in an area or when an animal might be predisposed to a disease. These are given once you have had a discussion with your vet with regards to possible risks involved and have deemed it necessary.

None-core vaccines for cats

  • Chlamydiosis
  • Feline leukaemia
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus

* Please note that it is the law in South Africa that ALL DOGS AND CATS are vaccinated against Rabies.

Here are guide-lines regarding vaccinations:

  • Kittens should have their first vaccinations at 8 weeks old
  • The second set of vaccinations, which includes Rabies, must be at about 12 weeks old
  • Re-vaccinate at 16 weeks in environments with high infection pressure or in breeding catteries. If not applicable, only give the second RABIES vaccination
  • Your kitten should have his first booster vaccination when he is 1 year old.
  • It is recommended that you have a booster and rabies vaccination annually, thereafter, but at the very least, every 3 years.

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