Vaccination is the only protection against serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Cats should be vaccinated against Feline Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia and Leukaemia Virus.
We recommend 1st F5 Vaccination at 6-8 weeks, 2nd Vaccination at 12-14 weeks, with annual boosters to maintain immunity.
See our fact sheet on Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) for all the information you need on protecting your cat.
The most common worms that affect cats in Australia are roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm. Worms are a common cause of illness in pets, causing loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, anaemia and even death.
Kittens should be wormed with an allwormer tablet at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks of age, then every month until 6 months of age and then every 3 months for life. We recommend Milbemax or Revolution.
Fleas are a problem all year round, but peak in the warmer weather. Only a small part of the adult flea population actually lives on your pet. The flea eggs and larvae live in the environment and can live for a long time.
For more info about products to control fleas see our Flea Control Solutions page.
Some signs that your pet may have fleas include:
– Scratching, biting and hair loss, especially at the base of the tail and rump
– You may see fleas (especially over the rump and in the groin area)
– It can be difficult to find the fleas, but it is relatively easy to check for flea dirt. Flea dirt is the faeces from fleas, mostly partly digested and dried blood they have sucked from the animal and passed through their gut. Simply moisten a cotton ball, part your cats fur and place the cotton ball on the skin over the rump. If the cotton ball takes on black specs surrounded by a reddish area, this may be flea dirt and can indicate that your cat has fleas.
A Microchip is a permanent electronic identification that has a unique number that can be detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is then recorded and lodged into a registry that will have all your information and animals details. In the event that your cat becomes lost, a microchip is the most reliable way to ensure your cat will return home. it is an important responsibility as the owner to make sure all your details are correct and up to date on the registry so you are able to be contacted by the pound or your local veterinary surgery if your cat is found. If you are unsure if your details are up to date or unsure what registry your cat is under go to http://www.petaddress.com.au and enter your cats microchip number.
Microchips are not a council registration
Desexing is the only effective and permanent method for preventing pregnancy in cats. It provides important health and social benefits too. For example reduction in territorial behaviors such as urine marking and wandering.
In males it is known as castration or neutering and involves the removal of the testicles.
In females it is known as ovariohysterectomy or spaying and involves the removal of the ovaries and the uterus.
Cats undergo general anesthesia for a desexing procedure. We administer pain relief to ensure a smooth recovery from surgery. A permanent desexing symbol is tattooed on the inside of the left ear.
Our patients are admitted to the hospital in the morning where they are health checked and sedated before undergoing anesthesia and surgery. They are discharged from the hospital later that day.
Below are images of the process involved with spaying a female cat.
After anesthetizing the surgical site is clipped and prepared aseptically
During surgery the ovaries and the uterus are removed
We use subcuticular sutures that do not need to be removed.
Some cats (mostly long haired) require our grooming services, particularly if their coat is overgrown and matted. Cats usually require sedation to allow a stress free experience for them and our staff!