What To Do When You Get A Kitten?

How to prepare for your kitten’s arrival

Where to get a kitten from/where you can buy one?

What vaccinations do I need, and when should they be given?

Kitten vaccination schedule – How often are the different vaccines required?

Did you know that if an animal is not adequately vaccinated it may carry disease without showing any symptoms of illness? Therefore vaccinating is very important. It also helps prevent diseases in other animals like dogs and people! For example, by having your cats vaccinated against Feline Leukemia (FeLV), FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) or Bordetella (kennel cough) while still kittens, they will help protect other pets in your home too. A recent study looked at the effectiveness of vaccinating cats against panleukopenia (febrile cat paralysis). Vaccinations were protective up until 4 months; then offered no protection. However this study was carried out over 30 years ago so please bear this in mind when making decisions about vaccination schedules for your kitties. The best way to work out what vaccinations are necessary for your cat(s) is discuss with our Vet Team at Clove House Veterinary Surgery on 01202 613500 . Please note that because Clove House Veterinary Surgery has adopted the NHS vaccine schemes we cannot offer individualised advice on which vaccinations would suit each individual pet owner best but we can advise on whether or not all key procedures have been done correctly