When to Worm, Vaccinate, and Neuter Your Cat
Healthcare is an important part of owning a kitten. When you first pick up your kitten from the breeder or cattery ensure you ask what worming protocol and products have been used. Kittens should be wormed regularly using a veterinary approved wormer such as Panacur or Drontal. Kittens should be wormed according to the data sheet of the product but, as a guideline they should be wormed at 2 weeks, 5 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age. They should then be wormed monthly until they are 6 months of age. After this, they should be wormed every 3-4 months.
As well as worming, cats should be deflead regularly throughout the year. A product such as Frontline is ideal.
As with worming and flea treatment, vaccinating your kitten is also very important for preventative healthcare. Your kitten may have had her first vaccination before she comes home but you should check with your veterinary surgeon what further vaccinations are needed. As a guideline, most kittens need two sets of vaccinations at 9 weeks of age and 12 weeks of age. A cat then needs yearly booster vaccinations which is also an ideal time to chat to your vet about any concerns or questions you may have.
Neutering a cat is important if you don’t want your cat to have babies. Neutering can also help prevent behavioural problems such as urine spraying and can also prevent healthcare problems such as uterine cancers as a cat gets older.
Castration of male cats and spaying of female cats are carried out under general anaesthetic form around 5-6 months of age. Both procedures are strongly recommended if you do not want to breed from your cat.
When you get your kitten home, register with a local veterinary practice and book them in for a check up a few days later. This will be an ideal time for you and your vet to discuss worming, vaccination and neutering as well as answer any other questions you may have to ensure you and your kitten’s early days together are enjoyable as well as informed.