Cats

Your cat is part of your family, and deserves the very best treatment. Whether it’s surgery for a beloved companion or a simple checkup, at Anexa FVC we take care of all your pet's health needs.

 

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  • What vaccinations does my cat need?
    Vaccination protects your cat from disease and complications caused by disease. Kittens require a series of vaccinations to achieve immunity. Adult cats require a tri-annual vaccine. At the time of vaccination your cat is given a complete health check.
    What vaccination protects against:

    • feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) caused by feline herpes virus-1

    • feline respiratory disease caused by feline calicivirus (FCV)
    80-90% of ‘Cat Flu’ presentations are caused by feline herpes virus -1 and feline calicivirus.
    Symptoms include; sneezing, coughing, weepy eyes and a runny nose. No specific treatment exists for viral infections but secondary infections can be treated with antibiotics and supportive care. Cases caused by calicivirus present with ulcerated tongues. Respiratory disease is serious, potentially fatal, and very contagious.

    • feline panleukopenia (FPL) caused by feline parvovirus
    Feline Panleukopenia is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of cats and kittens. Common symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, low white blood cell count, and seizures. Depending of the severity of symptoms cats can recover with supportive care and medication. This disease is similar to that of Canine Parvovirus and can be fatal if not treated early.
    • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
    FIV causes a potentially fatal viral disease that interferes with the immune system of a cat. Infected cats spread the virus when they come into contact with another cat, most often by biting. Cats who present with cat bite abscesses often, should be tested for this disease and vaccinated if negative. Vaccination is the best way to prevent disease. There is no treatment or cure for an infected cat.
  • How often do I need to treat for fleas and worms?
    Your cat should be treated for fleas each month. Most veterinary approved products are monthly treatments and can be administered topically or orally.
    If not treated for fleas, you cat is at risk of developing:
    • Skin irritation from bites
    • Flea allergy dermatitis
    • Secondary infection from self trauma after itching
    • There are benefits for you too:
      • No flea bites at home
      • The decrease of the flea population
      • You can be assured your children are not at risk of bites
      • We recommended treating your cat for worms 3 monthly. Cats will pick up worms from the environment, from prey they have hunted, from fleas and from other cats. Application is a single tablet. Worms can cause gastrointestinal upset and they can be contracted by humans.
        Flea and worm treatment can be combined in one easy topical application too! Ask your local clinic about the best option for flea and worm treatment for your cat.
  • Is my cat getting the right food?
    Nutrition is a vital part of your pets’ wellbeing. More and more animals are presenting in New Zealand as overweight.
    Our clinics stock a range of premium diets and our experienced staff can offer you the best nutritional advice for your pet.
    Our qualified veterinary nurses run a free weight loss clinic and are there for you for the journey to offer support and advice.
  • Microchipping cats – what’s involved?
    Microchipping is the only method to permanently identify your pet. The grain of rice sized chip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades and contains a serial number. For the microchip to be effective ensure that your pet’s microchip number is registered on the National Companion Animal Register and with your local council.
    Microchipping gives you reassurance that if your pet is lost and has no means of external identification then the microchip will get your pet home.
  • Yellow teeth? Read about our Dentistry Services:
    By the age of 2 most cats are living with some form of dental disease. Dental disease ranges from tartar on the teeth to severe tartar resulting in gum disease. Any form of dental disease is likely to be uncomfortable, progressing to painful, for your pet.
    There are plenty of options for you to help with your pet’s oral health at home ranging from tooth brushing, specific diets and water additives.
    Our clinics offer dental services for scaling, polishing and tooth extraction when required for your pet.
    Regular dental checks are recommended to avoid the development of severe dental disease.
  • Caring for Senior | Older Pets:
    Senior pets have very different requirements to that of younger animals. Generally, a pet over the age of 7 is considered to be a senior. Senior pet checks are recommended at least annually, in some cases more often may be best for your pet. Senior pets are more prone to developing diseases such as arthritis, dental disease and multiple organ diseases. Anexa FVC Veterinarians are here to advise you and your aging pet.

Cats are a great companions. So great in fact that approximately half of all New Zealand households have at least one cat. This is one of the largest cat ownership rates in the world. We are, you could say, a nation of cat lovers.
As an owner, you and your cat share a special bond. Whether this bond be close and attentive, or a mutual agreement to keep each other at arm’s length.

As your trusted veterinarian, you can be assured that your cat is in excellent hands when a visit to us is needed and that we can provide the most up to date and relevant advice for you and your cat.