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Tree Sap and Poinsettia

Tree Sap

December is approaching fast so now is the time to think about things that cats/kittens can be allergic to such as the sap from pine trees (fresh christmas trees). There are many plants and flowers that cats/kittens are allergic to and that can kill them. If they ingest such as stamens from a lily or lick the pollen off their fur you must visit your vet with them - Poinsettia are poisonous to cats/kittens so please put them where your cats won't play with them or chew on them. If in any doubt at all please visit your vet!

There are several sites on the internet with lots of information regarding poisonous plants.

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Cat Food

FOOD

Whichever food you decide to feed its important to remember to put it into clean dishes and not on top of food left down. Fly's and birds are in abundance this time of year and they carry many parasites and their eggs, and bacteria and can leave these in/on the food or dirty food dishes. The heat can also cause food to go rancid and then any food put on top will soon turn rancid.

MICROCHIPPING.

MICROCHIPPING.

Microchipping is now compulsory for all dogs/puppies in UK, but we belive it also essential for cats and kittens in UK. It is a quick and relatively painless procedure and vital to ensure your pet is permanently identifiable.

TEETH

TEETH

Pets have two sets of teeth, and their "mild" teeth progressively fall from as early as 14 weeks of age, and sometimes up to 5 months of age to make way for their adult teeth. If this doesn't happen the corresponding adult tooth may erupt in the wrong direction, although this is more common in dogs it is also known to happen occasionally in some breeds of cats.

Prebiotics and probiotics

Prebiotics and probiotics are frequently underestimated in cat health. If your cat or kitten has soft stools after having medication or wormer he may just need some "good bacteria" in his digestive system.

Prebiotics /good bacteria can help reduce common forms of "bad bacteria" by simply not leaving room for it to take hold. "Bad bacteria can often be the cause of a runny tummy, and in some cases even vomiting.

Purebliss cattery sprinkles a prebiotic and probiotic powder on our kittens and cats food after they have had a course of wormer, or received medication such as pain control and antibiotics after neutering.

Probiotics and prebiotics can be purchased from some pet shops or veterinary practices as a powder or a paste.

VACCINATIONS

VACCINATIONS

In their early stages of life kittens gain immunity against disease from their mothers milk. This protection starts to fade when they around 6 weeks of age and without vaccinations, although if they have been taken away from their mother sooner then their immunity fades when they are removed. This is why it is so important to have your pets inoculated as soon as they are old enough. Kittens can have their first vaccination against flu and ent. at 9 weeks old followed by a second vaccination at 12 weeks of age - they will then require yearly boosters.

First Generation Hybrids and small wild cats

First Generation Hybrids and Wild Cats do NOT like change - When F1 generation kittens/cubs/cats go to new homes they need some consideration. Do NOT give them to your children to play with as they are not a toy. These are more sensitive to change than your normal domestic and will be very worried about what is happening to them. They have probably had to travel for hours before arriving at their new home so they are already confused or upset. They need to be quiet and allowed time to calm down and eat before subjected to the rest of your household.