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Some feline diseases are very serious and sometimes fatal even with treatment. You can prevent your cat from contracting these diseases by vaccinating throughout life.
Vaccination is the way we stimulate an animals’ immune system to become resistant, or immune, to particular infections. A vaccination consists of part of a modified or killed virus or bacterium. Therefore, We strongly recommend all adult cats need to be given core vaccine annually. The core vaccine also named 4 in 1 vaccination that provides protection from Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR), Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, & Chlamydia.
Feline leukemia Virus is a viral disease that is spread through mating, biting/fighting and even sharing food bowls. This disease causes depression of the immune system in young-middle aged cats. Therefore, we recommend vaccinating because there is no cure once a cat has it. We also recommend the FeLV test to all cat owners if their cat has never been tested.
Please contact us for advice on vaccinations and a health certificate for your pet.
Parasites fall into two general categories, internal and external. Some of the most common types of parasites are fleas, mites, roundworms, tapeworms and heartworms.
Parasite control is an integral part of your cat’s wellness program and year-round preventive care is essential. Parasites affect your cat’s health and some, referred to as “zoonotic parasites,” are transmissible to people as well.
For example, flea infestation prevention for your cat can protect the entire family from “cat scratch disease,” caused by the Bartonella bacteria, which is carried by fleas. Another important zoonotic parasite to be aware of is roundworm, which can cause vision impairment and blindness in people. An annual control plan for both external and internal parasites not only protects your cat, but you and your family members as well.
Spay & Neuter
Most people do not have the time or desire to breed from their cat and do not wish to add to the number of unwanted cats and kittens already looking for homes. Neutering a cat – castration in the male (removal of the testes), and spaying the female (removal of the ovaries and uterus) – not only prevents unwanted pregnancies occurring, but also curbs unwanted behavioural patterns associated with sexual maturity and reduces the risk of certain diseases.
Traditionally male and female cats have often been neutered at six months of age, but this is after many cats reach sexual maturity and not based on any scientific rationale. For social, health and population control reasons, neutering can be take place at around 5 months of age.
Cats are notoriously fussy when it comes to food and they usually prefer the type of food that is worst for their dental health.
Soft food with gravies and jellies often means that as a cat ages their teeth develop hard calculus – calcified plaque. This is effectively a layer of hard material that adheres to the outside of the tooth and creeps up under the gum line which will cause loosening of the tooth, infection and eventually loss of the tooth after considerable discomfort. Layers build up on layers and a tooth can be completely covered in calculus with considerable damage to the gums and exposure of the roots of the tooth.
Dental treatment involving a short anaesthetic and descale, and then polishing the tooth to make it difficult for plaque to re-adhere to the tooth surface is often what’s necessary to treat affected teeth.
We can try to reduce the build up of tartar/calculus by feeding a specific tooth – friendly diet and if you’re feeling very brave you could even try brushing but unfortunately most cats don’t tolerate this very well!
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