Selworthy Veterinary Group

Cats


We see cats of all sizes, breeds and ages at the surgery. The most important thing to do with a new cat or kitten is to ensure that he/she has had a full health check and is vaccinated against the main feline infectious diseases.

We use the Purevax vaccines manufactured by Merial, as we believe they provide the best protection for your cats - 1st Vaccinations can be given at 9 weeks of age and a second vaccinaton will be given 2-3 weeks later.

At the health check, we can also advise on parasite control for fleas, ticks and worms. We stock all the major parasite control products on the market.

We recommend neutering of all cats, which are not intended for breeding. We offer microchipping at a reduced rate, if your cat is chipped at the same time as he/she is neutered (whilst he/she is under general anaesthetic/sedation). This can generally be done from around 4-6 months of age.

It is essential not to allow your entire male or female cats to roam outside prior to neutering in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the spread of feline diseases.

The Cats Protection League (Registered Charity) offer vouchers towards the cost of neutering, please phone the Cats Protection League on 08453712728 for more information.

As a practice we are a part of the Kind Kitten Neutering Database, This enables us to neuter feral cats at 3 months of age and rehomed cats at 4 months of age.

In 2014, the RSPCA produced a report called Tackling the Cat Crisis. It found that the number of cats entering the charity's care increased by eight per cent between 2010-12 and that the number of new homes that took in cats declined by 10 per cent. The charity has become increasingly reliant on private boarding establishments to house the cats in its care, at a considerable cost. The RSPCA commissioned new research to understand more about why some people do and others do not neuter their cats. One of the key findings was that owners delay neutering because of the incorrect belief that cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens. Also, a lack of understanding about the age that cats can get pregnant results in a high number of unplanned litters and according to the research, 85 per cent of litters are unplanned.

The report details the findings of the research and sets out a number of solutions. These include:

  • Work to ensure all veterinary practices promote and practice neutering at four months (the age at which cats can get pregnant).
  • All rescue organisations should adopt policies to neuter prior to rehoming.
  • Re-focus neutering education campaigns to ensure they reposition neutering as the act of a caring, loving cat owner.
  • Ensure the one litter myth is dispelled.
  • Encourage collaboration between animal welfare and rescue organisations, the veterinary profession and housing associations through community outreach programmes to target those audiences less likely to neuter.
  • Encourage pro-bono support by veterinary professionals to further animal welfare.


Some Recent Cases.....


Look at these two cuties in for routine neutering! These were the siblings post anaesthetic!  


Look at this Domestic longhair relaxing on the consultation table ready for his annual health check and vaccinations! 

Its such a hard life!


Beautiful Jakob was brought in as a stray at approximatly 5 weeks old.

As a team we hand reared him, and within a few days of decent food and attention he was fighting fit and ready for a new home.

We had some special clients in mind for Jakob, they didnt take much persuading!

He is now living locally, neutered and fully vaccinated!

He is often found climbing trees and bringing in different types of wildlife!



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