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Getting a kitten

Getting a new kitten?

If you are getting a new kitten, between the string chasing, cuddles and litter tray accidents there are a few things you need to get done. We'll guide you, but here's a quick roundup so you're all prepared.


Kittens receive some immunity from the mother’s milk when they are 1st born. This immunity slowly decreases over 2-3 months, which is when we vaccinate to boost their immunity to a protective level for longer.

These vaccinations are given from 9 weeks, the second vaccination should be given at 12 weeks and there should be at least 3 week between vaccinations. It can take up to 2 weeks after the second vaccination for full immunity to be reach, after this time it is then safe for your kitten to explore the big world. We also recommend they are ID chipped and neutered to prevent unwanted litters before going out.

Your kitten will be vaccinated against:

  • Cat Flu (both the Rhinotracheitis virus and Calicivirus)
  • Infectious Enteritis (Panleukopaenia)

We also recommend vaccinating against Feline Leukaemia unless your new kitten is going to be a 100% house cat and not venture outside at all.

Once the primary course is given they need a yearly booster for the rest of their life to ensure immunity is kept at an effective level.

We recommend neutering from 6 months old


Kittens can be infected with roundworms before they are born or after through the mothers milk. It is important to have a good worming regime in place to help the kitten fight against any worms they may have contracted. We recommend worming every month till 6 months of age. It is always a good idea to book in with a nurse to have your kitten weighed before worming to ensure they are receiving the correct dose. When your kitten is 6 months old we will do a lifestyle assessment with you and a decided worming protocol for your pet.

It is important to worm your cat through out their life as tapeworms are also common in kittens and adult cat. The worms are transmitted by indigestion of fleas which carry Tapeworm eggs. Although you may never see a flea on your animal it only takes one flea to give your dogs worms.

Fleas and Ticks

We recommend regularly treating your pet against fleas and ticks. There are a few products on the market which we recommend all of which are spot on. The best way to choose an appropriate treatment is to speak to a member of staff who will discuss your lifestyle and therefore the best treatment protocol for your pet.

Fleas and ticks can carry diseases that are not only harmful to your pet but also you. With the winters becoming milder we have seen a large increase in fleas and flea infestations. It is more important now then ever before to protect you’re pet against fleas and ticks.

ID Chip

The ID chip is placed in the back of the neck using a large needle; your kitten will feel a quick scratch and may cry but will soon forget all about it. We normally ID chip at 2nd vaccination, but it can be done earlier or later depending on each individual kitten. The ID has a unique number to your kitten which is read using a special scanner. Your information is kept on a secure database which can only be accessed by people with an access code e.g. Police, Vets or Dog warden.

It is very important that your information is kept up to date on the database so that if your pet ever goes missing you can be reunited as soon as possible.


People tend to think it's only older pets that get ill and therefore younger pets don't need pet insurance but we know from the patients we see each day that that is not the case.

In fact, the younger your pet is when you insure them the better as it means you are less likely to have any existing conditions, which may not be covered by the policy and you can then receive more help covering the cost of any future treatment your pet needs.

It is important to note that not all pet insurance is the same. There are many different types of policy available and the level of cover provided can vary considerably. The four main types of policy are as follows:

  • Accident: provides cover for accidents only and no cover for illness
  • Time-Limited: provides cover for a set amount of time (usually 12 months) and after this period the condition is excluded
  • Maximum Benefit: provides cover up to a maximum amount of money per condition and once this limit is reached the condition is excluded
  • Lifetime: provides a set amount of money each year which is refreshed each time you renew your policy allowing you to continue to claim for ongoing conditions

As you can see from the information above, the type of policy you choose can have implications for the veterinary care of your pet and the costs you will face so it's important to choose the right cover.

Sometimes, the cheapest insurance can cost you more in the long run. When shopping around for a policy, we suggest that you ask the following questions to allow you to compare the overall value you are getting, not just the price:

  1. Does this policy cover congenital, hereditary, hip-related, dental and behavioral conditions?
  2. Is there a time or monetary limit on how long this policy will cover ongoing conditions for?
  3. If I claim, will my premium increase?

Unlike other forms of insurance it is not easy to switch pet insurance in the future as any pre-existing conditions your pet has are likely to be excluded so it's important to do your research and choose the right cover from the start.


Nutrition is a very important part of owning a kitten. Your kitten is growing and developing every day and it is important that their nutritional needs are met to ensure they have the best start in life. Malnutrition at an early age can lead to many different problems in later life. It is important your kitten is feed a well balanced, high quality kitten food. We recommend Hills Vet Essentials as we know that they have put many years of research into there food to ensure it is balanced for a kitten’s growth and development. The nursing team is here to help you with your kittens development and can help you with selecting an appropriate diet.


We recommend neutering from 6 months of age, but we can neuter earlier if they are mature enough. There are many health benefits to neutering your pet; it reduces the risk of some cancers, seasons and uterine infections in females and unwanted litters. We recommend booking in for a free nurse health check at 5-6 months of age to assess your pets maturity pre neutering.

Socialising and settling into a new home

Socialising is one of the most important things you can do for your kitten.

New environment and experienced although exciting can be very scary for kittens. Introducing new areas, toys and people should be done slowly to allow the kitten to explore at their own speed. Playing with your kitten not only helps build the bond between you and your kitten but also keeps the physically and mentally stimulated. Having a variety of toys and activities will help as cats can get bored easily.

Most kittens will be litter trained as they will have learned from their mother, but it is still important to show your kitten where the litter tray is in the new environment.

It is a good idea to show them where the litter tray is after eating and upon waking up.

Without positive early experiences cats can become nervous which can lead to aggression in later life.

Nurse Clinics

We offer all our clients Free nurse clinics. Our nursing team is here to help you with any questions or concerns.

Nurse Health Check