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Neutering and Vaccinations for my male kitten

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Q. We are getting a male kitten soon.  When should he be neutered and what vaccinations does he need and when?

A. Vaccinations are recommended against cat flu, feline enteritis virus and leukemia virus.  These are usually given at 9 and 12 weeks of age as an initial course followed by a yearly booster and health check.  

Male (and female) cats are commonly neutered at 6 months of age.  In male cats this helps reduce the characteristic “male” smell of uncastrated cats and reduces urine spraying as territory marking.  Obviously if the testes have been removed it also stops testicular tumours occurring.  

If an uncastrated male is allowed out it commonly increases the number of unwanted kittens within its territory.   Uncastrated males are much more prone to fighting and as a result, are much more prone to catch Feline Immuno-deficiency virus – a deadly viral disease which is spread by bite wounds.

 Once you have got your kitten it would be advisable to have him checked over by your vet to ensure he is of the best of health.  Your vet will also be able to advise you on a suitable diet for him, flea and worming treatments and it is also recommended that you get him insured.

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