Your Guide To

Kitten Health Care

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It’s important to consider your kitten’s safety and comfort while you’re away on holiday.

You may choose to:

  • Have a friend or family member care for your cat in
  • their home or yours.
  • Hire a pet sitter to care for your cat in your
  • Board your cat with a

Pet Insurance

Veterinary care nowadays is cutting-edge, and there are many options available if your cat becomes seriously ill or injured. However, unlike the human healthcare system, there is no government funding available to pay for veterinary treatment. Pet insurance helps to take the sting out of vet bills by reimbursing you up to 80% of the cost. There are many different policies available to suit your needs, including cover for illness and accidental injury, routine care, and emergencies.

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By law, your kitten must be microchipped before sale or at a change of ownership. This tiny chip is placed under the skin of the neck, between your kitten’s shoulder blades. If your kitten is found and taken to
a vet or animal shelter, staff will use a special scanner to retrieve the unique identifying code on your kitten’s microchip.

When entered into the Australian wide registries database, this code will bring up a file that contains all of your contact information, so your kitten can be reunited with you. It’s crucial that you keep these details up to date. If you’re unsure of your kitten’s microchip status, we can use our clinic scanner to check this – it only takes a few minutes and does not require an appointment.

If you move or change phone numbers, don’t forget to update your records with your local council as well as the microchip database.


There are many premium-grade commercial foods that meet the exact nutritional requirements of growing kittens. Although brands vary in quality, premium brands generally provide higher quality ingredients.

You should feed them a “kitten” or “growth” variety until your cat is 12 months old. At 8 weeks of age, you should provide your kitten with 3 small meals per deal. From 4-5 months of age, you can reduce this to 2 larger meals per day. Feeding guidelines can be found on the label of your chosen food. Any change in your kitten’s diet must be made gradually over 3-5 days to prevent gastrointestinal issues.

It is vital to your cat’s long-term health that it is kept in lean, muscular body condition. Please ask our vets to learn more about the healthy body condition for your cat.

Behaviour and Training

Part of your kitten’s charm is its independence, stubbornness, and free spirit. This free spirit also means your kitten will be less responsive to training than a puppy.

However, cats and kittens can still be trained. You might teach your kitten to use a litter tray, stay off the kitchen counters, or even not to use your couch as a scratching post.

It’s important to remember that your cat isn’t misbehaving on purpose – it’s just displaying normal, natural behaviours, and it doesn’t know that these are undesirable to humans.

You should provide your kitten with lots of toys and environmental enrichment throughout its life to keep it occupied, and to curb bad behaviour.

Please note: some information may vary between cats. If you are unsure, please consult your veterinarian.

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Vaccinations are the best way to protect your kitten from several dangerous diseases. We recommend that you vaccinate your cat or kitten against the feline panleukopenia virus, as well as feline herpesvirus I and feline calicivirus.

An animal not vaccinated is susceptible to highly contagious diseases; some outcomes can be fatal. Therefore, it is essential that you follow the vaccination schedule, to protect your pet and others around them.

Kitten Vaccination Schedule:

Although not included in routine vaccinations, we can vaccinate against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia (FeLV). Cats that go outside are at higher risk for exposure to FIV and FeLV compared with cats that stay indoors. If your cat’s exposure risk is low, your veterinarian may not suggest these vaccines, so make sure you ask this important question.

Intestinal Worming

Intestinal parasite infestations can cause your kitten to become unwell or even die. You must de-worm your kitten regularly, every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, then one a month until 6 months of age, and every 3-6 months for life.

There are a variety of de-worming products available, including:

  • All-wormer tablets and paste
  • Partial-wormer topical liquids which are safe from 8 weeks of age
  • Partial-wormer & flea control topical drops which are safe from 8 weeks of age

We recommend all-wormers for kittens up to 6 months of age, and partial worming is sufficient for most adult cats. However, if your cat spends time outside, we recommend administering an all-wormer every 6-12 months.


Heartworms are potentially fatal parasites that are transmitted between pets via mosquitoes. The disease is uncommon in cats, and prevention is optional. There are several kinds of heartworm preventive medications commonly used today:

  • Oral heartworm medications
  • Topical heartworm medications

When deciding which medication to give your cat, you should always ask your veterinarian for advice first to ensure you give the correct dosage to your cat.


Fleas are one of the most problematic parasites in the world, with the ability to cause skin disease and allergic reactions. They can be difficult to diagnose – a cat or kitten with flea allergy dermatitis may never actually be seen with fleas!

Flea treatments must be used every month of the year to effectively prevent and control flea infestations. Please check the label carefully when you buy a new flea treatment or prevention product. Some products are safe for dogs but are toxic to cats. If in doubt, please consult with one of our vets who will be happy to advise you.


Paralysis ticks are a common parasite, particularly if you live near the eastern seaboard of Australia. They are most prevalent throughout the warmer months. These parasites cause paralysis and, if left untreated, pets will die from asphyxiation. Treatment involves the administration of an antitoxin and can be costly.

Tick prevention products include:

  • Sprays
  • Spot-on treatments

For the health of your cat check it daily for ticks during tick season. Simply run your fingertips over the skin, checking for lumps. Most ticks reside on the head, neck, and ears, but you need to check the entire body. If you are wondering which treatment is the best option, please consult with your veterinarian.

Symptoms of tick paralysis can include:

  • Coughing or grunting
  • Laboured or fast breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy, reluctance to jump or walk
  • Vomiting or retching
  • Weakness
  • Loss or change of meow

Instability (wobbliness) in the legs


Desexed pets are less likely to urinate inappropriately, fight, wander, develop behavioural problems and produce unwanted litters. They are also less susceptible to certain cancers, and infections such as pyometra. Research shows that desexed pets are more likely to live longer.

We recommend desexing your cat by 6 months of age.

On the day of surgery, your cat will come into the hospital in the morning (without breakfast), have their procedure under a general anesthetic, and go home the same day or the following day, depending on its condition.