Routine Health Checks Kittens should receive a number of veterinary health checks in their first 15 months of life. Adult cats should receive a full health check by a veterinarian at least once a year. Because cats age so much faster than humans, a lot can go wrong in that relatively short period.
Senior cats (see chart) should receive a full health check once every 6 months.
Vaccination: F3 - Cat Flu Vaccine
Kittens should receive a course of 2 vaccines, 4-6 weeks apart.
A booster should be given 1 year after the initial kitten course.
Cats should receive an F3 vaccine once a year after that.
F4 - Cat Flu + Chlamydia Vaccine
Recommended above F3 only for cats that are in households with large numbers of cats. OR
For cats that have had the F4 vaccine in the past with no side effects.
Recommended for cats who have a history of fighting with other cats. OR
For cats who spend a considerable time outdoors and live in a town setting. (Cooma, Jindabyne or Berridale)
NOT recommended for indoor only cats unless in contact with a known carrier.
Feline Leukemia Vaccination
Not generally recommended for cats in our district
Used in some cats in contact with known carriers of the disease
Worming: Kittens should be wormed regularly as per the instructions on our Kitten Care page. Adult cats should be given an All-Wormer
Once every 3 months for all cats that spend time outdoors.
Once every 12 months for cats that live entirely indoors
Microchipping: We recommend all dogs are implanted with microchips. In keeping with state legislation but, as importantly, to ensure the best chance of recovery of your beloved cat if he or she were ever lost.
Desexing: We recommend all cats are neutered or spayed at around 6 months of age, unless owners intend to breed with them. This recommendation is positive both for the health of the individual animal, as well as for our community in which unwanted and uncared for cats can be a safety and animal welfare issue.
Fleas and Ticks: For cats that spend their entire time in this region, there is generally no reason to routinely use preventative measures against fleas or ticks.
Cats that travel from the region to flea or paralysis tick endemic areas should receive a treatment for prevention before they travel.
Feeding and Dental Care: Cats should be offered raw meaty bones that are size appropriate 1-2 times per week to prevent dental disease. Our veterinarians recommend a complete diet that is based on higher protein levels than most "cat food". Raw meat with the addition of Vet's All Natural Complete Mix , or a home made recipe are far more suitable diets for most cats.