Cats & Kittens
Caring for your Cat
Cat Food & Nutrition
Our clinics stock a range of premium diets and our experienced staff can offer you the best nutritional advice for your pet. Our qualified veterinary nurses run healthy weight management programmes and are here to offer support and advice.
There are a number of treatments available for treating your cat for fleas, some are a monthly treatment, but there are some that last longer. We stock both topical and oral treatments.
If not treated for fleas, your cat is at risk of developing:
- skin irritation from bites
- flea allergy dermatitis
- secondary infection from self-trauma after itching
- fleas also can carry tapeworm larvae, which can infect your cat
There are benefits for you too:
- no flea bites at home
- the decrease of the flea population
We recommended treating your cat for worms 3 monthly. Cats will pick up worms from the environment, from prey they have hunted, from fleas, and from other cats.
Kittens can be defleaed from as young as two days of age with special products available from your vet.
Most kittens have parasitic worms in their small intestine, which if left untreated can cause poor condition, weakness and poor development.
Kittens need to be wormed: every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old; then once a month until they are 6 months old;
then every 3 months for the rest of their life.
Ensure a high quality product is used, such as the ones sold at Anexa Vets, as worms can cause gastrointestinal upset and they can be contracted by humans.
Senior Cat Care
Senior pets have very different requirements to that of younger animals. Generally, a pet over the age of 7 is considered to be a senior. Senior pet checks are recommended at least annually, in some cases more often may be best for your pet. Senior pets are more prone to developing diseases such as arthritis, dental disease and multiple organ diseases. Anexa Veterinarians are here to advise you and your aging pet.
End of life
At Anexa, we understand how tough it is for our clients to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Our staff are here for you to help you through this difficult time and can outline the options around the process and answer any euthanasia questions.
We offer this service both in clinic by appointment, and also in your pet’s home environment. These services are available during office hours and do require prior arrangement for vet and nurse availability.
Depending on the situation, sedation may be given to your pet. This will commonly occur if the pet is very anxious or fractious. The aim is to keep stress on the patient to a minimum and keep everyone safe.
There are a number of options for cremation which our staff can outline for you, or you can choose to have a home burial.
Our vets have also prepared the following articles you may find helpful when making this difficult decision.
Anxiety in cats can show in a variety of ways, often we may misinterpret some of these signs as ‘problem’ behaviour, when in fact our pets are stressed. Anexa staff are here to support you and your pet and if needed, we can help create a plan to manage your cat’s behaviour better. Often, by making some relatively simple adjustments, such as placing an extra litter tray, we can help you improve your cat’s quality of life and clear up the ‘problem’ behaviours. There are also a number of pheromone and medical treatments available which may help. After all, everybody wants a happy, healthy feline!
Cat Toys, Collars and Accessories
Anexa Vet clinics stock a range of quality collars, cat toys and accessories. If you need advice, our staff can help pick out what will work for your cat.
While most cats groom themselves, some of our long haired or older cats may need a helping hand. In this case, it is important to groom your pet regularly in order to keep it looking healthy and prevent tangled hair. Tangled clumps allow a build up of dirt and provide a hiding place for fleas and lice as well as causing damage to the underlying skin. Anexa clinics stock a variety of brushes to help keep your cat looking and feeling great. We also offer a professional grooming service at Morrinsville, Thames, Huntly and Te Kauwhata.
We all know cats look to find a nice safe, warm spot to curl up and have a snooze, so why not provide them with the puurrrfect place. Anexa Vets stock a variety of cat beds and if there is a particular pet bed you have in mind but we don’t have in clinic, we are happy to order it in for you.
Animal Health Check
We recommend a yearly health check of your cat. One year of a cat’s life is about seven years of a human’s life, and you wouldn’t go that long without a doctors visit! The clinic will send you a reminder each year when your cat is due for his check up.
Vaccination protects your cat from disease, and complications caused by disease. Kittens require a series of vaccinations to achieve immunity. Adult cats may require an annual vaccine booster to maintain their immunity. Prior to vaccination, your cat will be given a complete health check.
We recommend your new kitten is vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, then again at one year old. At the time of vaccination your vet will do a thorough health check of your kitten.
Kittens are particularly susceptible to respiratory diseases, commonly referred to as cat flu or snuffles. Once your cat picks up this infection it stays with him for life and flares up at times of stress. Cat flu is one of the diseases we vaccinate kittens for. This vaccine also protects cats against feline enteritis.
An optional extra vaccine is for FIV (feline AIDS). This disease is caught by fighting. If your cat gets into fights, or there are stray cats in the area, ask your vet about the FIV vaccine.
Microchipping cats is an extremely effective way to permanently identify your pet cat. By registering them with the NZCAR (New Zealand Companion Animal Registry) if they go missing, there is a high probability that they will be reunited with you.
Female cats come into season up to four times a year, starting when they are about 6 months of age. Speying your kitten at 5-6 months of age will prevent the expense and worry of unwanted pregnancies. Male cats can be castrated at 5-6 months of age. This helps reduce unwanted wandering, fighting, urine-spraying and calling loudly to female cats.
By the age of three most cats are living with some form of dental disease. Any form of dental disease is likely to be uncomfortable, progressing to painful, for your pet.
There are plenty of options for you to help with your pet’s oral health at home ranging from tooth brushing, specific diets and water additives.
Our clinics offer dental services for scaling, polishing, and tooth extraction (when required) for your pet.
Regular dental checks are recommended to avoid the development of severe dental disease.
We offer a range of surgical procedures, with several experienced surgeons within the Anexa team that can perform more complicated procedures including orthopaedics. We take every care when preparing for surgical procedures including pre-anesthetic blood screening, intravenous fluid support and comprehensive pain management.
At Anexa, we offer veterinary care for your pets 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This also includes all public holidays. If you need us for an emergency outside of normal business hours you will be advised by our after-hours service on what to do and a veterinarian called to assist you. Some of our clinics work closely with Waikato After hours Veterinary Hospital to ensure your pet gets the best care.
When to call a vet
If you have any concerns at all, please contact your local Anexa vet clinic. We will let you know whether your cat needs to be seen by a vet, we’re here to help.
End of life care
At Anexa, we understand how tough it is for our clients to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Our staff are here for you to help you through this difficult time and can outline the options around this process.
New kitten? Congratulations!
Be sure to read our caring for your cat section above, and check out our tips and frequently asked questions below to give your kitten the best start.
Kitten handling is important, but do not force yourself on your new kitten or they will avoid contact with you. Let them initiate contact and then stay to the face, head and back of your kitten. With time and treats you should work on handling all areas and then picking them up.
Frequently asked questions
Do you have a checklist of the things my kitten will need?
We encourage you to call in and organise the following:
- Quality kitten food
- Food and water bowls
- Collar and ID tag
- Litter box and supplies
- Toys, scratchers and treats
- Cat bed and cat carrier
- Vaccination programme
- Teeth care information
- Grooming supplies
- Flea and worming treatment
- Desexing information
What is the best way to get my kitten settled?
While settling in, it is best to allow a kitten a single room or kitten pen to settle in to. This room should have a litter tray, food bowl, water bowl, scratching post and a bed (ideally a box so they have somewhere to hide) and the kitten should be put in here for the first few days, and then allowed free access to this area. Putting the kitten in this room at night will help prevent mischief and accidents also.
What should I feed my new kitten?
Most kittens are weaned off their mother at 6 weeks of age. If you have a kitten younger than this it may be necessary to feed a milk replacer. Please talk to your vet if this is the case.
It is important to feed kitten food for the first year of your cat’s life. This contains the appropriate ingredients for growth. The diets available from Anexa Vets are very high quality. Your kitten will not require any additional vitamin or mineral supplements.
Kittens must always have fresh water readily available. Most cats are lactose intolerant, and will develop diarrhoea if given cows milk. If your kitten is on a kitten diet it is not necessary to feed milk.
How do I introduce my kitten to our children and other pets?
Introduction to other household residents should be gradual, gentle and very quiet. Excited children can easily injure a kitten unintentionally so always supervise play and do not allow the kitten to be picked up unnecessarily. Children should be encouraged to sit on the floor and wait for the kitten to explore them. Make sure that the kitten is allowed to stop playing when it wants to and is not treated like a toy. Kittens, like many young animals, will need a lot of sleep and should be allowed time to rest.
Introducing a kitten to a dog or cat needs to be undertaken carefully to avoid conflict. A bad experience can be difficult to overcome. If you have a large crate in which the kitten can sit safely while the resident cat or dog can gradually get used to it, this is an ideal way to make introductions. Some dogs, especially those not used to cats or of an excitable or aggressive disposition, need extra special care for introductions. They should be kept as calm as possible on the lead and made to sit quietly. The new kitten should be given a safe position in the room and allowed to get used to the dog and approach if it wants. This may take quite some time and requires patience and rewards for the dog if it behaves well. For quieter dogs or those used to cats, introductions can be made using a strong cat carrier. Keep the dog on a lead initially, place the carrier on a high surface and allow controlled introductions which are short and frequent. Most dogs will soon calm down when they realise the newcomer is not actually very interesting. Progress to meetings with the dog on a lead initially for safety. Do not leave the kitten alone with resident dogs or cats until it is well established.
How do I introduce new experiences?
Kittens can be habituated to scary objects like the vacuum cleaner by introducing them slowly without scaring them. Allowing them to have places up high to rest in will help also, as would feeding your kitten treats for bravery.
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