- Charter Veterinary Hospital, Roundswell, Barnstaple
- Bridge House Surgery, Pilton, Barnstaple
- St. John's Surgery, Newport, Barnstaple
- Mullacott Veterinary Hospital, Ilfracombe
- South Street Surgery, Braunton
Feline Health Care
This information below is designed to provide a quick and easy guide to the health care required by your cat to keep them fit, healthy and active.
The initial course for vaccination can begin at 9 weeks of age with the second dose being given 3 weeks later. After that an annual booster is required.
The diseases vaccinated against are:
- Feline enteritis – thankfully far less common these days due to widespread vaccination. The virus causes disease, particularly in young animals, with signs ranging from severe diarrhoea to central nervous disorders and sudden death.
- Cat Flu (Calicivirus and Herpes Virus) – causes a range of respiratory symptoms with signs ranging from sneezing and runny eyes to severe ulceration of the mouth and airways. This virus can leave cats persistently infected and they can continue to infect other cats.
- Feline Leukaemia – a retrovirus that, after initial infection can, lie dormant for many years before causing symptoms, which can include anaemia, tumours and infertility.
For more information about the importance of vaccinations click here.
Fleas are a major problem to deal with once they have taken over your house, so prevention all year round is the key to a flea free home.
We recommend the following products for cats:
- Monthly spot on (imidacloprid and moxidectin*) treats fleas, roundworms, lungworms and other parasites.
- Monthly spot on Advantage (imidacloprid***) - fleas only
- Flea and tick collar (imidacloprid and flumethrin**) - Fleas, larvae and ticks, and last’s up to 8 months. The action enables the collar to release controlled doses of two active ingredients over long periods of time through the innovative collar technology.
All these products should be applied monthly and throughout the year. Our healthcare team can advise you on a personal parasite control plan for your cat, depending on your pet’s age and the time of year.
For more information on fleas control, click here.
Worming for kittens
On collection of your kitten check with the breeder if they have administered any worming or flea preparations prior to you taking your kitten home. This enables us to be sure when your next worming dose is due.
We recommend using (imidacloprid and moxidectin*) spot–on monthly, this can be applied from 9 weeks of age in kittens. You will receive a free dose at your puppy or kitten’s first vaccination. This will treat your pet for one month against:
- Ear mites
Worming for cats from 6 months
For pets using a monthly spot-on (imidacloprid and moxidectin*), we recommend a tapeworm product at 6 months of age.
For pets on other flea control products we recommend a tapeworm every 3 months.
Recommended Tapeworm products:
- Drontal Cat tablet
- Spot-on (emodepside and praziquantel****) for cats
Please speak to one of our healthcare team for personal parasite diary.
Veterinary licenced products are the most effective, but must be used at the correct time intervals and correct dose for your pets body weight.
This information has been provided by Bayer the makers of: Advocate*, Seresto Collar**, Advantage***, and Profender****
For more information about worms click here.
We recommend, and stock, the Hill’s range of Lifestage and Prescription diets. We believe Hill’s is the best quality diet on the market and contrary to belief, it is an economical way to feed your cat, particularly when compared to feeding tinned foods.
The main qualities of Hill’s are:
- It is a fixed recipe – every bag of food from every batch meets the same high standard so there are no fluctuations in the quality or type of protein as is the case in some foods, which can cause digestive upsets.
- It is life–staged. This means there are variations of the diet tailored to meet the needs of your cat’s body at each stage of its life i.e kitten food during rapid growth, adult for maintenance and general well being and senior to ease the work load on the body systems as your cat gets older.
Neutering has many benefits for both male and female cats. Neutering stops cats from having unwanted kittens and reduces their chances of developing illnesses. In female cats it prevents cancer of the ovaries or womb. Neutering makes male cats less likely to fight, which reduces their chances of getting FIV (AIDS), which is spread by bites and scratches. It reduces the likelihood of them roaming, which in turn reduces their chances of being hit by a car and they are less likely to spray in the house.
- Males – can be castrated from 6 months of age. The testicles are completely removed.
- Females – can be spayed from 6 months of age. The uterus and ovaries are completely removed.
All cats undergo a free pre-operative check-up to ensure the time chosen for their neutering operation is appropriate as each cat is different and mature at differing rates.
Micro-chipping and identification
Every year more than 300,000 treasured pets go missing. Pets can go missing for a variety of reasons - they become scared and run away during the firework season or a heavy thunderstorm, wander too far from a new house and being naturally inquisitive, can easily become lost whilst investigating different noises or smells.
Having a microchip implanted is quick, simple and very cost effective. It will give you peace of mind if your cat does become lost, you will have more chance of being reunited faster. You also avoid the possibility of your cat being rehomed or kept in a shelter.
Here at Charter Vets all registered cats receive a complimentary Charter pet tag, on which is engraved our telephone number. This means, should anyone find your cat, lost or hurt, they have a 24-hour number to contact us. We will coordinate any emergency treatment necessary and take care of your cat until we can contact you.
Once a cat has reached 7 years of age they enter their ‘senior’ years. Changes start to occur and body systems and organs such as the brain and kidneys start to work less effectively. Many people shrug this off and put it down to old age, when in fact there is a lot of help and support we can give your cat through these years. Please contact any of our surgeries for more information or to a range a ‘senior’ health assessment with one of our nurses.
With advances in treatment and surgical expertise we are now able to offer, insurance has become even more important. Too often the decision about whether to treat or not to treat an animal is decided on the cost. We can advise you on an insurance policy that will suit your needs and can even arrange for the first two months of the policy to be absolutely free – please ask one of the reception team for details. Click here for more information on insurance policies.
Pet health plans
Charter Veterinary Hospital Group Pet Health Plans provide you with a simple, money saving way to give your cat the regular preventative treatments they require.
Pet Health Plans are not pet insurance: Pet Health Plans cover the regular things like vaccinations, flea, worm and other parasite treatments, health checks and advice, that pet insurance generally doesn’t. However young or old your cat is, there is a Pet Health Plan designed to adapt to your cat’s needs, from kitten to adulthood and through their senior years. You pay for your Pet Health Plan monthly, by a direct debit, so you spread the cost of your regular veterinary needs and save money too.
Your Pet Health Plan also offers additional discounts such as 30% off micro-chipping, 15% off routine neutering, 10% off routine dental suite treatments, 10% off hydrotherapy and 10% off food and accessories bought in the practice.
Pet Health Plans give you the reassurance of knowing that you are providing the best possible protection and care for the cat you love. Click here to find out more about Pet Health Plans at Charter Vets.
Groom your cat at least weekly! Most cats like it if done from being a kitten. It is great bonding and stops the
fur getting matted.
If you have any further questions about your cat’s health care please telephone us and speak to one of our veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses who will be happy to advise you.