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Vaccinations and Worming Your Cat

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Upon purchasing and picking up your kitten, it is vital that you register them with a local and reputable vet's practise. You will often find that outlining your vet's to the pet insurer is vital. The vet is on hand to give you vital information regarding neutering, worming, diet and vaccinations.

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. One of the best ways to control diseases that are found in cats and kittens is by vaccination.

There are numerous illnesses that cats in the UK are normally vaccinated against: Feline Enteritis, Chlamydiosis, Cat Flu and Feline Leukaemia Virus. Cat Flu vaccines need boosting annually.

These diseases can cause permanent damage and can even cause death if your cat is not sufficiently protected. Vaccination is vital to prevent, and in the long term hopefully eradicate, these diseases and the suffering that goes with them.

Although kittens get some immunity from their mothers, they are especially vulnerable. It is important that they are regularly vaccinated and this continues throughout their life. The kitten's first course of vaccinations is normally given at about six to nine weeks old. It is recommended that these are repeated yearly, but your vet will advise you as to what is necessary.

Some people worry about vaccinating their pets, but it should be remembered that serious side effects are extremely rare. Also, the decreasing incidence of these diseases is due, to a large extent, to owners arranging for their pets to be routinely vaccinated.

You may be surprised to learn that most kittens are born with roundworm. They are infected by their mother before they are born and afterwards via her milk. Roundworm, or Toxocara, causes diarrhoea and a distended abdomen.

By three weeks of age it is possible for a kitten to contaminate its environment. It is essential that they are regularly wormed. Your vet will advise you on the frequency of worming required to control infestation.

There are many worming treatments available. Choose one that tackles both the migrating larval and adult stages; your vet will advise you. These can be purchased and your kitten can be treated within the home.