ADVICE & CARE
Vaccinating and desexing your kitten
Vaccinations are very important for kittens, just as they are for human babies. Because their immune system is still developing, they are more susceptible to disease. As part of the immunisation schedule for kittens, the first vaccination should be given at 6-8 weeks of age. Booster injections are then given at 12 and 16 weeks of age to establish complete protection.
Vaccination can help prevent serious infections like feline enteritis, cat flu and FIV (Feline Aids).
TIP: Always make sure we have your most up to date details so we can post you reminders for your cat’s care.
Talk to Our Vet™ about the vaccination needs of your kitten. If you’re unsure of where your cat or kitten is up to in their vaccination schedule, you can find out by calling 1300 OUR VET or find your clinic’s phone number here.
All kittens and cats adopted through Our Vet are up to date with their vaccination schedule at the point of adoption. Learn more about our adoption program at the Best Friends website here.
Desexing your cat is very important and benefits you, your cat and the community. Desexing your cat is the best way to reduce unwanted pregnancies that contribute to cat over-population in our community and shelters nation-wide.
Did you know: Our Vet has found homes for over 2,000 unwanted cats and kittens thorugh our satellite adoption centres in partnership with Lost Dogs Home.
For female cats, desexing prevents the “calling” behaviour of seasons, unwanted pregnancy and disease. For male cats, desexing helps to prevent fighting, urine marking and roaming.
Our Vet recommends speying (female cats) and neutering (male cats) at four months of age. Desexing for cats is a day-surgery. Our Vet devotes the care and attention that all general anaesthetics and surgery demand. All desexing procedures include individual sterilised surgical packs, isoflurane gas anaesthetic, pain relief drugs and quality suture materials.
If you have any questions or concerns about desexing or the health and care for your pets, talk to Our Vet.