Neutering / Vaccination / Micro-chipping
Neutering is a very important part of being a responsible cat owner. There are thousands of unwanted kittens born each year. Vouchers are available for part of the cost of neutering if you are on a low income. Neutering can have many benefits for your cat which are listed below:
Will become less likely to roam (reducing the risk of being run over or going missing).
Will become less likely to fight (thus improving their chances of avoiding serious diseases, like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) which are transmitted by cat bites and reproductive activity).
Will be less likely to mark their territory with urine (spraying).
Can avoid unwanted pregnancies (It is NOT beneficial for a female cat to have a litter before spaying, this is a myth).
Won't call and wail during their sexual cycle.
Will be less likely to contract diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.
Cats recover very quickly from neutering operations but we'd recommend following your vet's advice on how to look after your cat after their operation.
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Vaccinations - what vaccines does my cat need?
Cats Protection, as a member of The Cat Group, recommends vaccines for the following feline diseases:
Feline infectious enteritis (FIE) - a vaccination must
Feline infectious enteritis (a severe and often fatal gut infection) is caused by the feline parvovirus (or feline panleukopenia virus). Vaccination against FIE has been very successful. Unvaccinated cats are at great risk because the virus is widespread in the environment.
Cat 'flu - a vaccination must
Two types of cat 'flu are vaccinated against feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) and feline calicivirus (FCV). These viruses are very common and vaccination will protect your cat against prolonged illness, but because there are many different strains of cat 'flu the vaccine will not totally eradicate the threat.
Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) - a vaccination must for outdoor cats
FeLV is a lifelong infection and unfortunately most cats will die within three years of diagnosis, usually from a subsequent disease like leukaemia, lymphoma (tumors) or progressive anaemia. It is not an airborne disease and can only be passed on via direct contact between cats (usually by saliva or bites). Because of the serious nature of the disease, CP recommends FeLV vaccination.
Feline chlamydophilosis - depends on your circumstances
This bacterium, which causes conjunctivitis in cats, can't survive in the atmosphere and is thus spread by direct contact between cats (affecting multi-cat households and kittens predominately). Your vet will discuss your situation and advise as to whether this vaccine is necessary.
Micro-chipping is the most effective way of identifying a lost pet (chips don't come off or put the cat at risk of injury like collars can). Each microchip has a unique number which is stored on a national database. A scan of the chip reveals the owner's name and address from the database's records. A microchip is slightly smaller than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat's skin between the shoulder blades. The procedure is very simple and is no more painful than an injection. A cat will not be aware of the microchip's presence once inserted.