New Kitten

Congratulations on your new kitten!

Congratulations on your new member of the family. Whilst this is a very exciting time for you, keep in mind that it is a unnerving time for your kitten as they are in unfamiliar surroundings. This factsheet should help you prepare for everything they need.

Feeding

When it comes to what to feed your kitten there is not one perfect diet for all , it’s what works best for you and you kitten. Once weaned, milk is no longer required and water should be encouraged. We recommend feeding dry foods over wet food. Do not feed cats anything other than cat food as cats have specific dietary requirements.

Vaccinations 

The initial kitten vaccinations are two vaccines three weeks apart, the first usually at 9 weeks old and the second vaccination at 12 weeks of age. Although fully vaccinated we advise kittens are kept inside until neutered, to prevent unwanted litters.

This primary vaccination course is topped up in a yearly booster vaccination, at which point we will also do a thorough health check.

For more details see our vaccination page.

Worming

A regular worming regime should be started as soon as you collect your kitten. We advise worming every 2 weeks with a suitable wormer up to 12 weeks of age, then continuing monthly from 12 weeks to 6 months. After which 3 monthly is usually sufficient for roundworm and tapeworm (wormer dependent). You should discuss the best regime for your cat with your vet.

For more information please see our worming page.

Neutering

Unless you plan to breed from your cat, we recommend that you have your cat neutered at 6 months of age. Neutering your female cat will reduce the incidence of mammary cancer, eliminate womb infections, false and unwanted pregnancies. Neutering your male cat helps to reduce the kitten numbers. It also reduces them wandering, fighting, spraying, and inevitably transmission of disease.

For more information please see our neutering page.

Microchipping

Microchipping is strongly advised, should your cat go missing or is found, they can be easily traced back to you. We recommend doing this when they are neutered at 6 months.