Cat care guide

Prevention is better than cure!

Do you have questions about vaccinations, worming, diet or behavior of your cat? The cat care guide, prepared by our veterinarians, can answer all these questions and many others.

Basic medical exam and deworming

Before welcoming a kitten in your home, it is highly recommended to get him examined by a veterinarian to make sure he is in good health and check if he houses parasites like fleas, ear mites and intestinal worms. He can received treatment against parasites starting at 3 weeks old. Your cat can contract these parasites through his mother. It is recommended to do a stool analysis to target the treatment against the present worms.

Your cat’s behaviour

Indoor cat or outdoor cat?

A cat that goes outside will live a free life, hunt, make friends, exercise more, take more sun but will also be exposed the viruses like leukemia, cat aids, rabies. Parasites like fleas, intestinal worms, street gang fights, car accidents, a malicious neighbour that shoots lead or food intoxication. An indoor cat has less interaction, less exercise, will watch flies and birds through windows but is less likely to be sick, will live longer than an outdoor cat.

An indoor cat needs to be mentally stimulated, not only as a kitten, he needs a scratching post if he is not declawed, playing with him, throwing an aluminum ball, a string like a shoe lace. He should be brushed regularly.

Vaccination

After 9 weeks, the kitten does not have any maternal antibodies left. Whether your cat will stay in the house or be an outdoor cat, it is very important to protect him from the most widespread, contagious and serious diseases. Amongst those, you will find panleukopenia, feline infectious rhinothracheitis, feline calicivirosis, feline leukemia, feline aids and rabies. The veterinarian will adapt the vaccination protocol so it suits your cat the best.

The vaccine is done around 8 weeks and 3-4 weeks later. Then a year later and most vaccines can be given every 3 years after that.