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Cat Advice

Advice on caring for your cat

Scroll down to find information regarding parasites and neutering your cat.

Pet Health Club members receive 20% off neutering, as well as receiving 12 months' worth of parasite treatment.

Vaccinations

A primary vaccination course is started when your kitten has reached 9 weeks of age. One injection is given followed by a second injection at 12 weeks' old. They will have full immunity 7 days after the second vaccination has been given. Annual boosters are required throughout their lives to keep the immunity.

Vaccinations are important to prevent your cat from contracting some infectious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. The very young and very old are particularly at risk. By having your cat vaccinated, you are minimising the risk to your animal.

The diseases we vaccinate against are:

  1. Feline Leukaemia
  2. Feline Enteritis
  3. Cat Flu

Worming

We recommend that kittens are wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks, then once a month until 6 months' old, as some worms can be passed from the mother to the kittens during pregnancy and through her milk.

Once 6 months' old, we recommend that cats be wormed every 3 months as worms are easily picked up in the environment. Regular worming is important, especially if there are children. A particular roundworm can be passed to humans, in whom it can cause damage to the eye and in some cases, blindness.
 
The two main types of worm commonly seen are tapeworms and roundworms. Tapeworms can be identified as they look like grains of rice. Roundworms are 'spaghetti-like' and average around 2-4” in length.

Please contact the clinic to discuss the best treatment for your pet.

Neutering

Spay (for females)

Queens can be spayed from 5 months of age. The operation involves a general anaesthetic and although routine is a big procedure, where the ovaries and uterus are completely removed, it is recommended where future breeding is not considered.

Also known as an Ovariohysterectomy. The advantages of this operation are:
 

  • No unwanted pregnancies
  • No false pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine disease
  • Reduces the risk of mammary tumours in later life

 The disadvantages of this operation are:

  •  Your pet may put on weight after being neutered. You help control this by providing them with a low-calorie diet

Castration (for males)

Toms can be castrated from 5 months of age. The operation involves a general anaesthetic and is a minor procedure compared to neutering a Queen. Both testicles are completely removed. It is recommended where future breeding is not considered.

The advantages of this operation are:

  • Less straying in the search of a mate
  • Less risk of spraying
  • Less likely to fight, less injuries
  • Reduces unwanted sexual behaviour
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular tumours
  • May reduce aggressive tendencies

 The disadvantages of this operation are:

  • Your pet may put on weight after being neutered. You help control this by providing them with a low-calorie diet.

Practice information

Culloden Veterinary Clinic

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    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sun
    Closed

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Keppoch Road Culloden Inverness IV2 7LL
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