De-worming or Intestinal de-wormer:
Milbemax and Drontal Cat are the safest, most effective and most complete de-wormers for cats available on the market.
We would recommend the following de-worming programme for your cat:
- Every 2 weeks from 2 weeks of age until 3 months old
- Monthly from 3 months old to 6 months
- Every 3 months from 6 months onward
Advocate and Program are the safest and most effective flea control products. Advocate kills adult fleas and is applied as a ‘spot-on’ treatment monthly. Program does not kill adult fleas, but prevents the eggs laid by the flea in your house from hatching! Program is an injection that is given every six months. Both strategies are effective, and can be used singularly or in conjunction if there is a heavy flea infestation.
Other products such as flea baths, flea powder and flea collars are ineffective or dangerous, and should never be used.
Indorex, RIP or Staykil are environmental products that need to sprayed in your home should it become infected with fleas and their larvae. They are all very powerful chemicals, and must NEVER be sprayed onto cats or any other pets. They are toxic to fish and other water creatures, so exercise great care when using them. For further advice on how to use these products, ask your Vet during your cat consultation.
Brushing and Bathing:
Only the bravest cat owners will try to bathe their cats! With very few exceptions, cats hate being bathed, and chronic stress can lead to health problems including cystitis. The only times you should attempt to bathe your cat is following faecal or urinal soiling, or if they have become soaked with toxic substances such as motor oil or creosote. If you’re worried about giving your cat a bath, or if a substance is dangerous for them, then please ask us for advice!
Cats are notorious for keeping themselves in pristine condition, and regularly groom themselves. A daily brushing for a long haired cat should be sufficient, although short-haired cats often enjoy being groomed, and it is a great way to bond with your pet.
Should your cat appear dirty or their fur matted, then please bring them in for a consultation. Cats that do not groom themselves may be suffering from a medical condition.
There are many plants that are toxic for pets but lilies are particularly toxic for cats. Please check how safe a new plant is before you bring it home.
Cats metabolise medication differently from dogs and humans, and should not be given any human medications without veterinary advice. Drugs such as panadol and acetaminophen are particularly toxic.
Remember to check around your car when topping up automotive antifreeze, it is also very dangerous to cats.
Dangerous objects for your cats:
Small household objects including string, sewing needles & threads, and tablets are the most dangerous as your cat may swallow them. Should they ingest any string or fabric it can cause gut obstruction, resulting in a lot of damage to their gastrointestinal tract. In addition, objects such as string, fabric and sewing needles are not visible on x-rays so this can make the diagnosis difficult. If you have cats we would advise you to ‘cat-proof’ your home as if you had a child!
Toxoplasma and pregnancy:
This is preventative care for female cat owners!
The common misconception is that cats should not be kept as pets if you are pregnant. Fortunately this is incorrect.
Many of our staff kept their cats whilst pregnant, so it’s quite possible to have a happy, healthy child whilst still keeping a cat as a pet.
All you need is common sense and excellent hygiene to prevent the possible transmission of toxoplasma from an infected cat to a pregnant owner.
If you are worried about any of the above advice, then please do call us and book a cat consultation. One of our veterinary team will be happy to walk you through how to keep your cat happy and healthy.