Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Your kitten's first vet visit

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Your kitten's first visit to the vet is a big occasion for your kitten and for you. Make sure the carrier is a familiar and secure place for the kitten by leaving it out in the kitten's space for a week or so beforehand. Put some treats in there and let the kitten play around and in it. Line it with a fluffy towel so that if the kitten toilets on the journey in she isn't sitting in it.

In the waiting room place the carrier on the table or the reception desk and cover it with one of our Feliway-soaked blankets. In the consulting room your vet will leave the carrier door ajar while the kitten gets used to the sounds of the clinic and the voices around her.

The vet will discuss diet with you and make some suggestions on the variety of foods you might like to try. Avoiding obesity is a perennial problem especially in cats kept indoors so you will also find out how to check your kitten's waist line. If you have had any trouble with diarrhoea or vomiting then discuss it with your vet. Often diet or changes of diet cause tummy upsets in kittens.

Your vet will design a vaccination programme for your kitten depending on age, whether indoor or outdoor, and if boarding or grooming are likely in the future.

The risk of worms, fleas and other parasites will also be assessed and your kitten treated as necessary.

We also like to discuss any behaviour problems particularly around the litter tray, or with other pets, cats or dogs, at this visit. Inappropriate play behaviour or aggression issues can be addressed also.

Your vet will discuss the best time to desex your kitten and to microchip her if this hasn't already been done. Often this is around the time of the final vaccination. If your kitten has already been desexed we will schedule an adolescent check at about 8 months of age to discuss weight, diet, behaviour and any other concerns you might have as she matures.

Any vaccination follows a discussion of your kitten's general health and environment, as well as a full physical examination. We are as gentle and calm as possible so that we make this first visit pleasant and relaxed. Your kitten's attitude to vet visits depends on a good first impression! 

Information night October 19th

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Our information night this year centres on how cats perceive the world - and how you can harness this when integrating your kitten or cat into your household.
Secure your place at our popular annual information night. Phone us on 6251 1444 or email us as soon as possible.

My kitten has diarrhoea...

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Many kittens develop diarrhoea especially in the first week or two in their new homes.

Often it is due to the big changes in their lives - a new family, leaving mum, new surroundings, but most often it is because of the new diet. Even good quality kitten food causes diarrhoea in a kitten that is not used to it. Find out what the breeder or foster carer fed your kitten and feed some of the new food mixed in with some of the old food. Gradually increase the proportion of the new food over a couple of weeks.  

Kittens lose the enzyme for digesting milk very quickly so avoid dairy products. Kitten foods contain all the calcium and protein that a kitten requires.

Check when the kitten was last wormed. Worm young kittens every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old to avoid diarrhoea from worms.

If your kitten develops diarrhoea switch to just cooked white chicken for a couple of meals and deworm with a reputable wormer like Milbemax. Do not use a wormer based on piperazine.

If the faeces does not firm up within 24 hours or your kitten is lethargic, vomiting or not eating consult a vet immediately. Kittens quickly dehydrate and become very ill because of fluid loss.

More serious causes of diarrhoea include enteritis (also known as panleukopenia), giardia, coccidia, cryptosporidium, trichomonas,clostridia, salmonella and campylobacter. Take a sample of the diarrhoea to your vet so that we can check for them if necessary.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Desexing, or speying, a female cat is major abdominal surgery. The ovaries and uterus are removed under a general anaesthetic.

At Canberra Cat Vet we take great care to ensure that your cat is as comfortable and safe as possible before, during and after the surgery.

Included in the fee for a spey is an admission examination and discussion of her general health. Pain prevention is given before, during and after surgery. We also send her home with pain relief for you to mix in her food over the following few days.

Before her anaesthetic we give her a sedative and handle her as quietly and gently as possible to reassure her. Intravenous fluids are essential to protect cats' fragile kidneys and to ensure a smooth and rapid recovery. She has a fully qualified nurse monitor her with special cat-sized monitors while under the anaesthetic.

The operation is performed in a special operating theatre under aseptic conditions using sterilised equipment and individually wrapped suture materials and scalpel blades.

A nurse stays with your cat until she is fully awake and sitting up. We then offer her a meal and lots of cuddles.

When you come to pick her up in the afternoon we give you postoperative instructions and answer any questions you might have. Please phone us if you are unsure about any aspect of the home care or instructions.

 We book a post-operative check with your vet about 3 days later.

Love is in the air!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mika has been trying to find a way out into the wild world for the past 3 days. Her yowling, rolling and over-the-top affection are driving her family crazy.

Although she is only 4 months old she has come into season and could fall pregnant if she found a tomcat outside.

Cats will often start to cycle as the days get longer in August and September, even if they are barely out of kittenhood themselves.

Mika's carers have booked her in for a spey next week. Once cats start cycling they keep it up every 2-3 weeks until they fall pregnant - and Mika's owners don't want their beautiful Burmese to have motley kittens!


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A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

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