We’re off to the vets surgery today and urgently need help with vet fees. We’ve struggled to keep up with vet costs recently, cats and dogs who have come in with health problems and now we have so many kittens to be vaccinated. We have the first injections given at nine weeks old so long as the kits are up to weight. Sometimes they are a bit small and then we wait a week or two. We’ve found boxes of kittens at the gate when we’ve opened up,some have come in with mum’s who were strays or abandoned, some of the young adult cats were pregnant when they arrived and gave birth here.
The kittens have two sets of injections with a three week interval in between. When they’ve had the second they are fully vaccinated and able to mix with other cats. If you already have a cat and are wanting to adopt a kitten it’s best to wait till they are 12 weeks old and fully protected from disease.
The kittens are also health checked when we take them to the vet. They have their ears examined to make sure they don’t have ear mites. It’s a common condition and easy to treat but we want to know that they are free from mites which they might pass on to someone else. They are also given a thorough check over by the vet, including a heart test. Some kittens have heart murmurs and wouldn’t be offered for adoption until we’ve seen if it gets worse. Usually it’s the other way and they grow out of it.
All our kits are wormed at regular intervals and checked for fleas and treated if necessary. At last they can have their photo taken, go on the website and be offered for adoption. By nine weeks we have a good idea of their personality – a bold adventurer? Or stay at home missy? We’re looking for safe, secure and loving home for all our babies.
The vet fees have recently gone up and as always we’re struggling. We don’t have the vast reserves of most of the large animal shelters so it’s a financial nightmare for us. There are the mother cats to spay when they are over their kittening too.
If you can help with even a small donation it will be very much appreciated and put the kittens on the way to adoption and a new life. Please Paypal via the website, or send a cheque payable to Pet Samaritans – if you can do bank transfer you’ll find our bank details on the standing order form. Let us have your address and we’ll put you a card and some lucky cat stickers in the post.