Cat pet care & advice

Cat friendly clinic - Silver award

Boundary Veterinary Centre has been awarded the IFSM (International Society of
Feline Medicine) Cat Friendly Clinic Award.

 

To be accredited with the Silver Standard, staff and the whole practice have to meet
certain criteria. These include:

•  Reception/waiting room

•  Operating theatre

•  Hospitalisation of cats

•  Handling of feline patients

•  Diagnostic imaging

•  Laboratory standards

A detailed list of all criteria can be found on the International Cat Care website:
www.icatcare.org/catfriendlyclinic

Worming

During your cats’ life investigating the environment around them, he/she will encounter many different situations – a number of which will expose them to parasitic worms. Worming is recommended, not only for the benefit of your cat, but also for you and the others in your cats’ life.

 

Regular worming is especially recommended when children are around. There are diseases that can be spread from intestinal worms carried by cats, to humans – children being most susceptible. Particularly if they play outside in soil and place their hands in their mouths.

 

This protection against worms is easy to achieve, with the most popular being a combined ‘spot-on’ treatment which also prevent fleas. It may be neccessary to give extra treatment for tapeworm if your cat is a hunter. Your vet will be happy to discuss the most appropriate method for you and your cat.

Fleas

‘Prevention is better than cure’ – with fleas, this can be very true!!

Cats can pick up fleas from a number of different sources and in many different environments. They can be a big irritation for all if brought into the home, breeding at a rapid rate.

In just 21 days 1 flea can have multiplied to 1000!!

Some cats are allergic to fleas and react very badly to only a few bites causing hair loss and severe skin reactions.

 

Regular flea treatment especially if your cat goes outside will help prevent infestations in the home. There are a number of different treatments available that can be administered in a few different ways but generally ‘spot-on’ preparations are the most effective and easy to use. These are generally given monthly.

 

Your vet will discuss the most suitable method and course of treatment to suit you and your cat.

Neutering

If you are not planning on breeding from your cat and intend on allowing them access outside, neutering at a relatively early age can be beneficial both behaviourally and for physical health throughout their life.

 

Terms used:

Castration for male cats.

Speying for female cats.

 

We recommend:

Castration and Speying at 5-6 months of age.

 

This is especially important if you have both male and female kittens or your female cat is going outside before she is speyed as she will get pregnant before you realise.Your vet will be happy to explain in more detail and make recommendations for your individual pet.

Microchipping

If your cat was ever to become lost whilst exploring, or be involved in an accident – microchipping can help to reunite you both.

 

The microchip is easily inserted under the skin of the scruff of the neck, just like an injection. It is approximately the size of a large grain of rice and lasts for life.

 

Each chip has a unique number to which yours and your pets’ details are associated. These details are then stored on a national database.

 

If whilst lost your cat was to be taken to a veterinary practice or an animal charity centre etc the staff would use a special scanner to read your cats chip, locate your details and happily reunite you both!

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