Your new kitten: Congratulations on your new arrival! At Clondalkin Animal Clinic we always want to ensure your puppy grows up to be healthy and happy.
We will assess:
- Mouth: gums, teeth and tongue will be checked for abnormalities. Kittens will get their milk teeth at 6 weeks of age, by 4 months they will start to fall out and their adult teeth will be present at 6-7 months.
- Eyes: to ensure no abnormalities such as growths or infections.
- Ears: should be clean and pink with no signs of inflammation.
- Heart and lungs: Heart rate and rhythm are checked for murmurs. Lungs are checked for signs of respiratory disease.
- Abdomen: your kitten’s tummy is palpated to ensure the intestines and other abdominal organs feel normal.
- Coat: Both the skin and coat are checked for external parasites, inflammation or dry skin.
Keeping an eye on your kitten’s teeth is very important as 85% of pets have teeth dental disease by the age of 3. Feeding good quality dry food will help along with regular tooth brushing with special kitten toothpaste. Some tartar build up will be inevitable as a kitten develops into adult. Plaque Off is a powder that can be sprinkled into the food to reduce tartar build up. Heavy tartar will have to be scaled off with a dental machine.
Here at Clondalkin Animal Clinic, we recommend vaccinating at 9 weeks of age and then again 3-4 weeks later. Once your kitten has been vaccinated, it’s advisable to wait 1 week before they venture outside. In addition to these two vaccines, we recommend vaccinating your kitten against Feline Leukaemia (FeLV). It causes a range of symptoms such as anaemia and weight loss. It spreads through cats fighting and grooming.
We recommend worming your kitten regularly. They should be wormed every two weeks until 12 weeks of age, then once a month until 6 months and then every 3 months for the rest of their life. If our vet thinks there is a worm infestation, they may provide a different treatment.
Flea & Ticks Treatment
These are wingless insects that suck on your kitten’s blood. They have powerful back legs enabling them to jump from pet to pet or from the environment onto your pet. Often brown specks on the skin are indicators of fleas along with constant scratching. They transmit tapeworm and if left untreated can cause anaemia in young kittens. Fleas can be killed with a spot-on treatment that goes directly onto the back of the neck or all over body flea spray. In the case of severe infestation, the house should be treated to kill eggs and larvae.
This involves placing a small chip via an injection under your kitten’s skin. It has a unique number that we will enter on to fido.ie along with details. So in the event your kitten gets lost, a simple scan on the neck means we can reunite you. It’s a simple procedure and it is inexpensive.
This helps cover the cost of veterinary bills when your pet becomes ill or injured but not routine care such as neutering or vaccinations. We recommend Allianz who offer 6 weeks of free pet cover.
We recommend getting your kitten neutered at 4 months of age before they come into heat which is usually from February onwards when there is an increase in day length. They can come into heat every 3 weeks for 4-5 days until September. We advise waiting until 3 months afterwards when the hormones have settled down.
This is the key to ensure your kitten grows up healthy. Up to four months of age your kitten should be fed 3-4 times a day. At four months and older your kitten should be fed twice a day. We recommend Hills brand as it’s a complete diet with good quality ingredients.