Manor Farm Veterinary Surgery

Cats at Manor Farm Veterinary Surgery

Advice on keeping cats and kittens healthy
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Worming

We advise that any cat is weighed accurately before treatment, if you wish you may bring the cat to the surgery for a free weigh-in.

KITTENS: Worm against TOXOCARA/ROUNDWORMS thoroughly.
Worm with Panacur at 2, 5, 8 & 12 weeks of age, then monthly until 6 months.

ADULT CATS: Worm every 1-3 months against roundworms & tapeworms. Monthly if there are small children. Hunters need worming at least every 2 months.

PREGNANT CATS: Need worming against roundworms very thoroughly on one occasion.

LACTATING QUEENS: Worm against roundworms at the same time as kittens.

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Fleas

Fleas are difficult to get rid of, so it is better never to catch them in the first place!
One flea can lay 200 eggs a day which drop off everywhere, developing into larvae in your pet's bed and all over the house and even the car.
Prevention: For many years we have advised "Frontline Spot On" every month or Frontline" Spray every 2 months, now we have "Frontline Combo" spot on which also helps with environmental control of fleas.
There are also household sprays such as "R.I.P." which kill larvae and adult fleas.
"Program" (Luferenon) injections given to cats every 6 months interfere with the flea life cycle and can be a useful and convenient part of flea control.
"Advocate" and "Stronghold" are Spot-Ons that kill fleas, earmites and roundworms, but not ticks or tapeworms. They can be very useful in young cats.

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Vaccinations

Minky the Burmese in a coat

It is possible to vaccinate against the following diseases:

As well as the 'cat flu' and enteritis it is advisable to vaccinate against feline leukaemia, as this is a fatal disease that is predominantly spread through fighting and mating.

We can now vaccinate against Bordetella - a respiratory infection that is especially likely to occur in multi-cat environments and when mixing with other cats at shows or in catteries.
Kittens need two doses of vaccines 3 weeks apart, starting from 9 weeks old.
Yearly vaccinations against the main feline infectious diseases are advisable.
During the booster consultation your cat will receive a thorough health examination, which will help us to identify symptoms of early disease. Also advice can be given on worming, flea treatments, diets, behaviour etc.

It is important to ensure your pet's immunity does not lapse, as many of the diseases vaccinated against are potentially fatal. Also vaccinations are essential if your cat needs to go into a cattery.

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Microchipping

Sleeping cat

Microchips are very small (the size of a grain of rice) and are implanted under the skin.
Your pet's unique microchip number is registered with the national pet log or register.
If your cat should wander they can be quickly identified by having the microchip scanned and your contact details can be got from the pet log.
Microchips are also needed for the Pet Travel Health Scheme.

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Neutering

There are many reasons for neutering:

In queens (females) it prevents unwanted kittens, avoids reproductive problems and uterus infections, and reduces the risk of mammary tumours
In toms (males) it reduces the urge to wander , so they are less likely to have traffic accidents or get into fights, it also reduces the tendency to spray urine, and prevents the distinctive "Tom Cat" smell

We can spay female cats from 5 months old - we advise spaying before 6 months old to avoid unwanted pregnancies
Male cats can be castrated from 6 months old.

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