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New Kitten Guide - Out and About

 

Going outside

Try not to let your kitten outside until about a week after it has had all of its vaccinations. If you already have a cat which is using a cat flap make sure your kitten does not copy it and go out before it is fully protected (cats learn quickly by observation).  If you are using a flap then tape it open initially so your kitten can climb through and then gradually shut it so that they have to push it to get through. It is recommended that you wait until your kitten is fully vaccinated before you allow them free access in and out.

 

Collars and tags

Cats that go outside need some sort of identification in case they get lost or injured. Microchipping is recommended for cats and some owners use a visible form of identification, such as a tag on the collar, as well. Engraved tags are better than the barrel types which tend to unscrew by themselves and the information within them is often lost. Cats get into small places and climb trees so there is always the chance of a collar getting caught or them pulling their head or leg through it. Thus it is best to use a good quality safety collar which snaps open should it get caught. It’s also a good idea to get them used to a collar and tag early on, so that if they were to escape, they would be identified.

 

Vaccinations

Whether you buy a pedigree kitten or get one from a rescue centre, it is likely to come to you with at least one vaccination. Kittens need a full course to protect them against some potentially dangerous diseases which they can catch whilst mixing with other cats. If your kitten is going to go outside they may need a slightly different combination than if they are going to stay indoors. Talk to your veterinary surgeon about what your kitten needs. A booster vaccination after a year is also vital for protection. Thereafter, talk to your vet about how often your cat needs a booster depending on its lifestyle and health. It is also important to use regular parasite control to ensure that your kitten stays happy and healthy. Protecting against fleas, ticks and worms is essential, and your vet will be able to advise safe and effective products to use.

 

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