If you own a cat/kitten or are thinking of adopting one as a pet, there are a few basic health care issues that you need to be aware of. Treatment is easy and should be done on a regular basis to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Worming. Worms are parasites that live in the stomach and intestines of animals. There are a number of health problems associated with worms and they can be fatal, especially to kittens. Kittens should be wormed from 4 weeks old, this should be done every 2 weeks until the kitten reaches 12 weeks, then every three months onwards. Cats need worming at least every 3 months, however if your cat hunts you should worm them more regularly.
Fleas. Cats are naturally very clean animals, however they can bring home unwanted visitors. Fleas live in the fur of animals and feed by biting them and drinking the blood. They lay their eggs in the coat, this looks like a black dust!! Flea treatment comes in many forms from collars to liquid that can be put direct onto the cats skin and is absorbed into the body. Cats should be treated at least every three months , especially if they are outdoors some of the time.
Ear Mites. If you see your cat or kitten scratching their ears on a regular basis and the ears appear dirty on the inside, this could be a sign that your pet has ear mites. This is small parasite that lives in the ear canal, they leave behind a black waxy residue. Ear mites should be treated immediately as they can be passed onto other animals in the house
There are many products on the market to treat cats and kittens. Some pet shops and supermarkets stock flea treatment and wormers. However you should contact your local vet who will advise you on treatment and the best product to by .
REMEMBER PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!
See page 10 in section 2 for the Cottage Rescue Cat Wordsearch.