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Everything we do is for the cat and dog. Our research centre and extensive network of pet health professionals means we understand cats and dogs, and we want you and your pets to benefit from our knowledge. Read these articles to find out more.


Fleas and Worming for Cats

Your kitten may arrive with some little ‘passengers’ which aren’t good for your health, so regular worming and flea control are essential. Fleas She could have dog or cat fleas – fleas aren’t picky, they’ll feast off either species quite happily, and as well as causing itching, they also transmit worms, and will bite humans…
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Body Condition Score

[bodycondition] Drag the slider so that it roughly matches your pet's weight, and check the accompanying descriptions to assess your pet's body condition. This tool should only be used as a guide to recognise that different breeds have different body characteristics. If you have any concerns, you are strongly advised to consult your vet for…
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Injections and Vaccinations for Cats

Your kitten’s initial vaccinations Kitten vaccinations take place in two stages. The first vaccinations take place at the age of 9 weeks. If you wish to take your kitten abroad, ask your vet about rabies vaccination. Boosters in adulthood When your kitten is fifteen months old, your vet should carry out a second booster against flu,…
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Kitten Insurance

Find the right cover for your cat Every owner wants to do the best for their cat, and vets try their hardest to keep costs reasonable, but there is no denying that accidents or long-term illnesses can cause the veterinary bills to mount up. Insurance offers peace of mind that you will be able to…
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Neutering Your Cat

A decision you need to make Neutering is one of the most responsible decisions any pet owner can make, and is usually done at around the age of 6 months in the UK. Neutering not only protects against unwanted pregnancies (and with so many pets in rescue, that’s essential) but it also offers protection against…
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Oral Health for Kittens

Milk teeth Good oral health starts off when your kitten is young! When she comes home, she will still have her milk teeth, which she will enjoy using to nibble at anything she can find. These baby teeth are quite fragile, so her kibble needs to be softer and easier to break open than an…
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Kitten Behaviour and Training

How kittens learn Kittens learn first through imitation of the mother cat and then through trial and error. If the outcome is positive, then this is likely to influence their future behaviour. The ideal environment for your kitten is one where she can socialise easily and familiarise herself with people. In order to socialise your kitten…
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Kitten Nutrition and Diet

Little and often Find out what your kitten is eating before she comes home, and keep her on that for a week or so before you change it. The most important thing to remember in feeding kittens is that their digestive systems are still immature – so they can be prone to upset tummies. The…
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Bringing Your New Kitten Home

A safe journey Choose the date you pick up your new cat carefully. The ideal time is a quiet weekend when there are not too many people around. For the journey, a cat box is essential – travelling with your kitten loose in the car can be dangerous. Choose a cat box that will accommodate…
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Kittens – From Pre-Weaning to Weaning

As growth and development continues the kittens requirements will change After the colostrum received during the first hours of his life, the kitten suckles maternal milk. In the event of a large litter, or the queens ability to provide milk is insufficient or in the case of orphaned kittens, you may be directed to use…
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Kittens – From Birth to Weaning

A period of amazing development During this short period a few weeks long, which goes from birth through weaning, the frail kitten weighing about one hundred grams, completely dependent upon its mother, is going to acquire most of his/her adult skills as well as determine certain dietary preferences. Giving birth After covering, the female cat’s…
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How to Choose Your Kitten

A kitten will cheer up the home... but will grow up! Once the decision has been made to choose a companion, this becomes a commitment for several years – and perhaps even decades! Choosing a kitten is therefore a matter for the brain as much as for the heart. Once you have decided that an…
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