Kittens and Cats
Valley Vets are pleased to offer a comprehensive, caring service to all cat owners.
- We strongly advise vaccination of all kittens, starting as young as nine weeks of age. The kitten vaccinations help to protect against Feline Panleucopaenia Virus (feline enteritis), Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus (feline flu), Feline Calici Virus (feline flu) and Feline Leukaemia Virus. · We also recommend annual full physical examinations. Booster vaccinations are given as needed, to maintain protection against serious infectious disease.
- As your pet gets older, we advise monitoring the function of major organs and also blood pressure, in addition to the full physical examination.
- All cats should be regularly treated to kill parasitic worms; this is for both your cat's health and also the health of all our children. Kittens should be de-wormed monthly until six months old and adult cats should be treated every three months. There are now broad spectrum spot-on worming treatments available that are applied to the skin, making administration much easier in cats that are difficult to give tablets. Please contact us for individual advice.
- Cats also require regular treatment for external parasites, especially fleas. Please contact us for individual advice.
- Our state of the art, Valley Veterinary Hospital in Gwaelod y Garth, is home to our Valley 24/7 emergency veterinary service. This means that we can provide uninterrupted continual care to our patients on-site, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- We have separate cat kennels in all our branches as well as separate isolation kennels for infectious cases. This helps to minimize stress, whilst hospitalized, as there is no direct contact with any canine in-patients. We also use Feliway and Pet Remedy diffusers, as well as lots of bedding to help further reduce stress.
- We provide comprehensive medical and surgical care, including orthopaedic surgery. More complex orthopaedic surgery is done at Valley Veterinary Hospital.
- We have comprehensive in-house laboratory facilities, including blood biochemistry, electrolyte and haematological (blood cell) analysis, as well as specialised diagnostic equipment such as ultrasound, radiography and endoscopy.
- Valley Vets encourages all clients to insure your cat to help cover veterinary treatment fees.
We employ OV’s (Government approved Official Veterinarians) in all our branches that are able to complete PETS Passports for travelling abroad and other official documentation needed for importing and exporting cats. For further detailed information please visit www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.
We can also provide advice on parasite control and disease prevention when travelling abroad.
Our Cardiff, Ystrad Mynach and Caerphilly branches are accredited Veterinary Nurse Training Practices. Student veterinary nurses work alongside our qualified staff and attend external college regularly, to attain the qualifications necessary to become an RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse). To retain this qualification, our RVN’s must attend regular and on-going training courses each and every year.
Our nurses will provide free advice to clients on the following subjects:
- Worming and flea control.
- Dental care.
- Obesity problems.
- Basic training problems.
Please contact us to make an appointment with a nurse, or a veterinary surgeon.
Are you thinking of getting a kitten?
Please look at our Advice Page "Thinking of Getting a Kitten?". International Cat Care (iCatCare) also provide prospective cat owners with excellent general advice. For further information, please visit www.icatcare.org
Should I neuter my cat?
We advise that both male and female cats should be neutered from five months of age and at a minimum weight of 2kg. Neutering prevents females coming into season and becoming pregnant and can reduce urine spraying and inter-cat aggression in males. For further information, please visit Neutering your cat
Do you need help understanding your cat’s behaviour?
iCatCare provide all cat owners with excellent advice and factsheets on understanding feline behaviour. For further information, please visit www.icatcare.org
Are you concerned about risks from your cat when you are pregnant?
iCatCare provide all cat owners with excellent advice and factsheets on cats and human health. For further information, please visit www.icatcare.org
Has your cat been recently diagnosed with a medical condition?
iCatCare provide all cat owners with excellent advice and factsheets on an A-Z of conditions and treatments. For further information, please visit www.icatcare.org
Is your cat scared by fireworks?
iCatCare provide excellent advice - please visit https://icatcare.org/advice/halloween-hazards-and-fireworks/