Cat Care

Here at the Belmont Vet Centre, species specific care is important to us and that’s why we like to offer a range of services and products to best suit and take care of your cat.


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Vaccination

Vaccinations are a vital component to pet health and protection against potentially fatal diseases.

Our core vaccination protocol for kittens and cats at the Belmont Vet Centre is as follows:

Kittens:

6-8 weeks – F3 vaccination- Calicivirus, Herpes Virus & Panleucopaenia virus.

10-12 weeks- F3 vaccination- Calicivirus, Herpes Virus & Panleucopaenia virus.

16 weeks- F3 vaccination- Calicivirus, Herpes Virus & Panleucopaenia virus.

10 months- Booster F3 vaccination-Calicivirus, Herpes Virus & Panleucopaenia virus.

Adults:

They then require another F3 booster a year after that (provided kitten vaccines have been given).

In addition to vaccinating your cat with an F3 vaccine and protecting them against Calicivirus, Herpes Virus and Panleucopaenia virus, all cats with access to the outdoors need to be vaccinated to protect them from Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) that causes Feline Aids. The vaccination schedule for this requires three vaccinations given 2-4 weeks apart and then a once yearly booster injection, this can be given alongside the F3 vaccination schedule so that they remain in sync for the life of your cat.

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Nutrition

Diet and nutrition is a vital part of animal development and maintaining good health. It is vital that kittens and cats given a high quality, complete and balanced diet.

Different life stages have different requirements for different nutrition. It is important to get some advice from well trained professionals that is targeted at your cats specific needs and stage of life. Please call the BVC to arrange a nutritional consultation with one of our trained nutritional advisors. Feeding a good quality balanced diet will also aid in weight control, coat condition, dental hygiene and gastrointestinal health.

There are general diets available for all life stages and for many common health problems that occur in cats, for example, urinary tract issues, weight control and kidney disease to name but a few.

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Parasites

Deworming:

Kittens and cats need to be dewormed at regular intervals to prevent intestinal worms. It is important that the worming product used covers all species of worm (many don’t!). Worming schedules change as kittens age and become adult cats and so the best worming schedule to follow is as follows:

  • Every 2 weeks from 2 weeks of age until 12weeks
  • Once monthly from 3 months of age until 6 months.
  • Three monthly from 6 months of age, for the life of your cat.

It is important that worming is performed, regardless of whether or not your cat has had worms or not in the past. Cats can be exposed to worms in many ways, including picking them up in the environment while out roaming or from other cats wandering into your yard, not just from direct contact with other animals. This means prevention is the best treatment for your cat and with a wide range of options including topical (Profender) and oral treatments (Drontal all wormer), the team at BVC can point you in the right direction in choosing a worming product that best suit your kitty. We will tailor a treatment plan that suits your family as well as all pets in the household.

Flea control:

Did you know, you do not have to see adult fleas on your cat, for your cat to be exposed to flea burdens and fleas can occur all year round, not just in the summer time? For this reason, just like with intestinal worming prevention, using a preventative flea product is the best way to prevent and control flea burdens that can affect your cat. While fleas need to be attached to an animal to live, their eggs do not, and so can survive in the environment the pet lives in, without you being aware of it. There are a range of different flea preventative/treatment products are available to protect your cat, including both topical (activyl, frontline plus, advantage and advocate) and oral varieties (comfortis).

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