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New Kitten Advice

Our advice to giving your kitten a healthy start

We can provide everything you need to give your new kitten the best healthy start, from vaccinations to prevent potentially serious feline diseases, to neutering and microchipping.

We have years of experience with kittens and can offer you practical advice on how to make your new bundle of joy feel right at home. Read on to find out what should be happening in your kitten’s first few months and the important things you need to remember as a new kitten owner such as preparing your home and garden for their arrival, getting your kitten’s health checked by a vet and more.

The best start for your kitten

Kittens do a lot of growing in their first year, up to 40 times their size in fact, that’s why it’s so important to give them the best healthy start.

The right nutrition, preventative healthcare, environment, playmates and experiences will all affect how your kitten develops. Register your new kitten with us and book them in for their vaccination, and they’ll also receive a top-to-tail vet health check and weigh-in.

Your Kitten’s First Consult includes:

  • Vet health check
  • Weigh-in
  • Healthcare advice
  • Kitten ownership booklet

You will also have access to Nurse appointments to check your kitten’s weight and apply flea & worming treatments (treatments not included).

Get Gold Standard Healthcare for your kitten from only £14.60 per month*

 

Benefits include monthly flea & worm treatments, 6-month health & dental nurse check-ups, annual vaccinations & vet check, plus a range of extra benefits and discounts. Easy monthly payments save you money and give you peace of mind that your new best friend is getting the care and attention they deserve.

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Your Kitten's First Few Months

  • 0 - 6 weeks
    Kittens are growing fast and taking lots of nutrients from their mother’s milk and learning the basics of ‘how to be a cat’ from their mother and siblings. By week 2, their eyes are beginning to open, and by the end of week 4 their sense of smell is fully mature.

  • 4 - 6 weeks
    Kittens are weaned off their mother’s milk and are becoming very adventurous. By week 5, their sight is fully developed.

  • 6 - 8 weeks
    By 8 weeks old, kittens should have all their baby teeth and are ready to leave their mother and venture to their new home. Your kitten should be given flea and worming treatments and ideally their first round of vaccinations before leaving the breeder.

  • 8 - 12 weeks
    Kittens should have had 2 rounds of vaccinations by the time they are 12 weeks old. Whenever you bring your kitten in for a vaccination with one of our vets they will receive a full health check. Now is a good time to get your kitten microchipped.

  • 4 months
    At around 4 months old, your kitten’s adult teeth will begin to develop and they will start to lose their baby teeth. You must keep up with the recommended level of flea and worm protection, ask our team for more information.

  • 6 months
    It’s time to think about neutering your kitten. Talk to a member of our team or read about the many benefits of neutering.

Important things to remember...

  • Collecting your Puppy
  • Pet Insurance
  • Preparation is key
  • Going outside
  • Dog collars and tags
  • Microchipping
  • Flea & worming treatments
  • Vaccinations
  • Socialisation

Collecting your Puppy

When you pick up your new puppy and bring it home, we recommend you register them with a veterinary practice and book a full health check to ensure they are growing and developing correctly.

Pet Insurance

It’s a very good idea to insure your pet to help you cover any vet fees if they become ill or injured. Pet insurance will help ensure that if your puppy becomes ill or injured then you can afford the best treatment available not the best treatment you can afford at the time.*

Preparation is key

Make sure you have a suitable bed, food and water bowl, puppy food, puppy training pads, a collar, tag and lead. Puppy-proof your home by moving any harmful plants, substances and objects out of their reach, including any objects you don’t wish your new puppy to chew! Cover any holes or gaps your puppy could squeeze into such as behind cupboards and appliances, and consider getting a stair gate if you do not wish your puppy to venture into certain rooms or upstairs – this is for the protection of your puppy and your home.

Going outside

Your puppy should not be allowed outside (apart from trips to the vets) until a week after their final puppy vaccine to ensure they have adequate immunity. Before any trips outside it is vital to make sure your garden is safe for your puppy – cover any ponds, fill in any holes, remove any hazardous substances.

Dog collars and tags

Having a dog collar and tag with your name and contact details on is a legal requirement. You should never put your dog’s name on the collar as a this makes it easier for thieves to take them.

Microchipping

Microchipping is also a legal requirement in dogs and could make all the difference in reuniting you with your pet should they go missing. Microchipping should be taken care of by the breeder, who will then change the name in the microchip database to yours. We can microchip your puppy in minutes if this has not been done.

Flea & worming treatments

If the breeder has not given your puppy its first set of flea and worming treatments, book into your vets straight away. We recommend Advocate, which protects against Roundworm, Whipworm, Hookworm, Lungworm, Heartworm, Ear Mites, Lice, Sarcoptic and Demodectic Mange, some of which can be fatal. Drontal or Droncit will protect your dog against tapeworm and is a tablet that needs to be given every six months, from six months of age. We recommend our gold standard products to best protect your puppy.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations can be done from as early as 6 weeks and may be arranged by the breeder, otherwise, you can bring them to us and receive a full health check with a vet. Our vaccinations protect your puppy against canine distemper, canine parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and kennel cough. Once your puppy has received an initial vaccination course they will then only require yearly boosters. It’s important that your puppy does not come into contact with other dogs outside of its home before their first course of vaccinations has been started.

Socialisation

During your puppy’s first few months, they should be getting used to different people, pets in the home, pets and animals outside of the home, sounds and experiences to help socialise them. We recommend introducing new experiences gradually so as not to overwhelm them.

Another socialisation experience you may want to consider is swimming, as it can help to build confidence and is a great idea if you live near water or plan to take your puppy to the seaside, as it doesn’t always come naturally. Find out more about our puppy swim sessions at our Pet Fitness & Rehab Centre.

Request our FREE Kitten Booklet

Fill in our form and we’ll send you our FREE kitten advice booklet, featuring a list of essential things your new kitten needs such as the best type of bedding, litter trays, nutrition and more.

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