Bought a new kitten?
The first few days
Your kitten will be a little scared initially, coming away from her mum and her litter mates. It is important to let her settle in to her new surroundings, but soon she will have her paws firmly under the table and will start to explore…
Her first vet’s visit…
Not as scary as you may think, we are happy to give your new kitten a full check over. Vaccination is highly recommended, the main diseases we protect against are cat flu, feline enteritis and leukaemia. Vaccination is usually started at nine weeks of age or older, with the second vaccine being given 3 weeks later.
Sometimes kittens come with a few ‘free gifts’ such as fleas, worms and ear mites. Don’t worry though, we are able to help get rid of these visitors safely and effectively. We will even give you a free wormer to get things started!
Kittens are naturally inquisitive and tend to get into trouble without much effort! To give you peace of mind, we are able to provide four weeks free insurance with Petplan. There are no catches, no strings. It is genuinely FREE. Cover is instant for illness or injury (free insurance is not available for breeders).
Her second vet visit…
Usually done three to four weeks after the first visit. We will give a second health check, and if all is well, administer the second vaccination. At this visit we recommend the placement of a microchip. This is injected just under the skin, but, should your cat go missing and end up in an animal home or injured at a vets, then scanning for the chip gives us your details very quickly. We offer a free microchip with a course of kitten vaccines including your life membership of the national pet database.
Free 5 month health check
As your kitten approaches five months old, we will write to invite you to our Pontefract surgery for a free healthcheck with one of our fully qualified veterinary nurses. This gives you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have, and allows us to make sure your young cat is settling in and progressing normally. We can also advise on worming and flea control, insurance, weight control and neutering.
This is normally done for males and females from six months of age. Both spaying and castration are done as day patient procedures, pets are normally admitted between 0800 and 9am, being discharged in the late afternoon or early evening of the same day.
Spaying females removes the risk of unwanted pregnancies, and also stops cats coming into season every 3 weeks throughout the spring and summer months.
Castrating tom cats reduces the urge to roam looking for females, reduces the tendency to fight and reduces the smell of tom cat urine (desirable if your cat has a habit of ‘spraying’)! Cats that roam and fight less are at lower risk of being run over and also of contracting cat AIDS (FIV), a virus spread by fighting among infected cats.
We strongly recommend pet insurance to give you peace of mind and to give your pet the best veterinary care available. Veterinary care has advanced very rapidly in recent years, to the extent that technology such as ultrasound and MRI scanning is now readily available. Medicine and surgery has also advanced with new treatments being developed every year. This advance in veterinary medicine can mean that treatment costs may be large, and a good insurance policy is vital to cover this.
Three broad types of policy are available.
1. Annual Policy
This will cover treatment upto your chosen financial limit (for example, £3000 per illness) or for twelve months, whichever comes first. This means that for long term illnesses, your insurance would run out after twelve months. After this point the condition would be classed as ‘pre-existing’ so would not be covered if you were to change insurance company or by the existing policy.
2. ‘Pot of money policy’
This type of policy usually gives a high amount of cover for a condition. This money lasts as long as it takes to be spent. For example, if you have a £7000 ‘pot’ and your cat needs intermittent treatment for arthritis, it will probably take some years to spend your ‘pot’. However, if your cat needs an MRI and spinal surgery, you will rapidly run through the ‘pot’ when cover would end.
3. Lifetime policy
This policy will cover an illness up to your chosen level of cover each year. For example if you have a limit of £3000 per illness, and you spend £3000 on diabetes in year one, then you will be given another £3000 worth of cover for diabetes in the following policy years. Cover therefore is for life.
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