Kitten care: A quick checklist

Many kittens are born in the later summer, going to their new homes in the autumn i.e. around now. What do new kittens owners need to do for their new arrivals?

Worming

Kittens should be given a worm dose every 2 weeks

Vaccinations

All kittens need to be vaccinated against Cat Flu and Feline Enteritis. Two injections are normally needed, at around 9 weeks and 12 weks. Kittens should not be allowed to mix with other cats till these are completed.
If a cat is going to be mingling with other cats (e.g. if it is going to have access to outside) then it should also be given a vaccination against Feline Leukaemia

Feeding

Choose the best quality food you can afford. Generally more expensive means better! Choose dry food or moist food – visit a pet shop and vet clinic when making your choice, not just the supermarket.

Microchipping

This is a good idea for most cats. If a cat strays, or if is killed on the road, there is more chance of you finding out.

Pet insurance

If your cat gets sick, it can be costly. CAT scans are expensive! Pet insurance costs around €10.50 per month.

Flea control

Flea drops, applied once a month to the back of the neck, remove this risk completely.

Toys

Don’t forget to keep your cat entertained. Two kittens are better than one! Toys important for solo-cats.

Neutering

Now it is recommended that this can be done as young as 4 months of age. The sooner it’s done, the less risk of accidental kittens

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