Congratulations on your new kitten!

Over the next few months, you will receive a great deal of information about kitten care in Coffs Harbour, which might be daunting. So, the first rule is – don’t be afraid to ask. And ask again if you’re still not sure. The vet will give you a lot of information at the first vaccination consult. However, the nurses are a great resource of information on kitten care and behaviour and will be happy to talk you through anything you’re unsure about.

Kitten Care – Vaccinations

Your vet will recommend vaccination depending on the diseases prevalent in the area.

Our clinics recommend two kitten vaccinations, one at 6-8 weeks. The second vaccination should be at about 12 weeks of age. In addition, we recommend an “F3” (herpesvirus, calicivirus, panleukopaenia) in the Coffs Harbour area. In addition, for cats that spend any time outdoors unsupervised, the FIV vaccine is also recommended. This vaccination requires three initial vaccinations given every 2-4 weeks. Lastly, it is essential that you keep the FIV vaccination up to date every year to maintain protection, so please remind your vet if your cat requires the FIV vaccination. Another disease we can vaccinate against is the feline leukaemia virus; fortunately, we have not seen this disease in Coffs Harbour over recent years, so we do not routinely administer this vaccine.

Kitten Care – Microchipping

If your kitten has not been microchipped already, you must do so as soon as possible. All of our vets are registered to perform this task. Please be aware that the cost of microchipping does not include council registration – the microchip details will be passed on to the council by the registered person, and you will receive a notification to register your pet from the council. The cost of lifetime registration of your cat varies depending on whether your pet is desexed.

Intestinal worming for your kitten

Worming early is an essential part of kitten care. Intestinal worming should start at 2 weeks of age, so check with the previous owner when they last wormed your new kitten. After that, we recommend intestinal worming every two weeks until 12 weeks, then every month until 6 months.

Fleas and ticks

Check your new kitten for fleas before taking it home if you can. Giving a fast-acting flea treatment such as Capstar before introducing it to your home can prevent flea infestations getting strated.

There are many tick and flea products on the market for dogs but only a couple for cats. Your vet or nurse can advise you on which is best for your needs. Currently the most reliable products are those that use chemicals in the isoxazoline group, for cats this includes Bravecto Spot On and Revolution Plus.

Kitten Care – Desexing

We recommend that all pet cats are desexed.

The cost of a desexing procedure is heavily discounted to encourage all owners to protect their pets against unnecessary problems.

Desexing male cats early can help prevent spraying, wandering and fighting, which in turn decreases the risk of being run over, having abscesses, losing your cat and contracting FIV. Not to mention reducing the risk of unwanted litters!

Desexing female cats early reduces the risk of spraying, wandering and contracting FIV. In addition once cats begin cycling, it is difficult to catch them not pregnant and not in season, both of which increase the surgical risk and cost.

The NSW Government requires all cats to be registered with their local council and they charge an additional fee for cats not desexed by four months of age. In fact, if you desex your male cat before he is four months of age the desexing procedure costs less than what you save in registration fees!

Pet insurance

Many pet owners decline to take out pet insurance for their kitten or puppy. As a result, many owners do not have the money available for emergency treatment or an unexpected veterinary expense. These expenses can include being hit by a car, tick paralysis, a broken leg, or chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease. Unfortunately, these owners have to choose between paying out large sums or minimal care or, in some instances, euthanasia.

Although pet insurance plans may sound expensive initially, consider how much money your previous pet (or a friend’s pet) has cost in vet bills that a policy might have covered.

When choosing a pet insurance plan, consider whether the following things are important to you:

LIFELONG COVER – some plans will only cover your pet to a certain age. Cats can live up to 20 years, so it is a good idea to pick a plan that does not exclude pets once they reach a certain age. Old cats often have expensive problems!

CONDITIONS/EXCLUSIONS – consider that any problems that are excluded are the problems they are more likely to develop, so a Comprehensive Insurance Cover without exclusions may be a better choice.

DISEASE/ILLNESS COVER – some cheaper plans may only offer accidental injury cover. For example, if your cat is hit by a car or bitten by a snake, they will be covered. However, if your cat develops diabetes, ear infections, or kidney disease, they probably won’t be. It is also essential to choose a plan that covers your cat’s illness as some plans will only cover the first six months or a year after diagnosis.

TICK PARALYSIS – believe it or not, some pet insurance policies may not cover tick paralysis or have relatively low limits. However, this exclusion could be in the small print, so always check that tick paralysis is covered. After all, in the Coffs Harbour area, this is probably the most likely issue for which you will need to claim.

LIMITS AND EXCESS – this is really down to personal choice. The cost of your policy will often depend on how much excess you are willing to pay, and how much coverage you expect. Very high limits may only be necessary to cover referral to a specialist for expensive or complicated cases. Suppose you have a high limit on your policy. In that case, you may elect for some surgeries or cases to be tackled by a specialist rather than a first-opinion vet, so let your vet know if your pet is insured and ask whether a specialist opinion would be of benefit.

EXTRAS – this is a personal choice, but some plans offer money back on routine procedures such as desexing and vaccinations up to a certain amount per year. It is up to you whether you think you would rather pay for these things separately.

Contact Rose Avenue Vets today to discover our complete kitten care service.

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What people think

Pyke Thompson
Pyke Thompson
03:55 27 Feb 24
Peaceful location and great 👍
Kylie Rollans
Kylie Rollans
05:23 07 Dec 23
very helpful
HR Gordon
HR Gordon
13:15 13 Nov 23
Rose avenue vet has been the vet to my 5 dogs for 14 years. The service and professionalism is beyond reproach. I would not go anywhere else. Thank you for all the great care you've given my furry babies and thank you for the sensitivity and care you gave Lulu when we had to make the hard decision to let her go after 11 years.
Tommie Strydom
Tommie Strydom
09:50 13 Oct 23
I have been going to Rose Ave for over twenty years ago. Damon yesterday was incredibly helpful and understanding which I appreciated.
Carmel Daly
Carmel Daly
22:24 24 Aug 23
Andrew and his team have been looking after our dogs for over 20 years. The depth of knowledge at this practice is amazing and the love and care taken with our fur babies is exceptional. Thank you
Ann Nojin
Ann Nojin
05:03 18 Aug 23
I have nothing but high praise for the diligent team at Rose Avenue Veterinary Clinic, where the care factor ranks high on their priority list. The way the they show love for our fur baby allows us to feel confident, secure, and relieved when we have needed to leave him in their care. Thank you..🩷💚💜🐾
Diane McCarthy
Diane McCarthy
23:17 17 Aug 23
Very professional service with great knowledge and trustworthiness! Very experienced team that will always go the extra mile. Amazing team with a warm welcome. Gus is very lucky to have this team apart of his life :)
Jacob Gregg
Jacob Gregg
04:12 11 Aug 23
Rose Avenue never disappoints!The nurses and vets have always looked after our little boy Gus, no matter the issue. They are very experienced and we have never had any problems with their care.Thanks team 🙌🏽
M Riley
M Riley
03:28 11 Aug 23
We took our most beloved Boof here last week when life suddenly took a sudden turn for him and they were so amazing, with him and us.I really couldn’t thank you enough for the support you gave us. Thank you 🙏
Cass
Cass
11:49 31 Jul 23
Midday on a Saturday and they saw our female Chihuahua at a moment's notice and quickly put our minds at ease. Very happy with their service and cost was very reasonable for a Saturday
Andrew Marnoch
Andrew Marnoch
02:57 29 Jun 23
Rose ave Vets have looked after our family pets and most recently Looked after my dogs for for the last 3 years. Great reception staff and Vets❤️
Woodcraft Gallery
Woodcraft Gallery
07:15 13 Jun 23
Definitely highly recommend Rose Vet Coffs HarbourThey saved my dogs lifeI've been coming here with my fur baby for yearsYour fur babies are in terrific hands.The staff are absolutely amazing .
Michelle jarzynski
Michelle jarzynski
04:15 24 Apr 23
Friendly staff.
Kim McKinnon
Kim McKinnon
09:18 21 Apr 23
Great place they look after my cats very well
Tracey Foster
Tracey Foster
00:08 16 Apr 23
Annmaree ofOz
Annmaree ofOz
20:25 16 Mar 23
Best veterinary team on the coast, very caring, very professional, I wouldn't go any where different.
Gwen Butler
Gwen Butler
20:37 02 Oct 22
Very good
Hilda Quinn
Hilda Quinn
07:23 28 Sep 22
Very happy with consultation and diagnosis.
Carol Harris
Carol Harris
06:50 18 Aug 22
The staff are beautiful. I can not thank them enough for the care they gave my big boy Pokey and letting us say good bye.And I just received a beautiful sympathy card off the nurses and they put his paw prints inside was so lovely. Thank u
pamella henderson
pamella henderson
04:23 12 Aug 22
Caring and professional staff.
Laura Bowden
Laura Bowden
09:36 28 May 22
Awesome, Lovely people.
Kristy Richter
Kristy Richter
03:07 27 Apr 22
Great staff, reasonable prices..
Katrina Bunch
Katrina Bunch
10:21 29 Mar 22
Helped our little man on a Sunday afternoon with an emergency. Great outcome, happy to recommend.
Michael Brant
Michael Brant
04:06 03 Mar 22
Jannaya Burnett
Jannaya Burnett
23:28 23 Feb 22
Excellent and compassionate service.
Phill Robbins
Phill Robbins
13:00 04 Feb 22
Ron McWha
Ron McWha
20:31 18 Jan 22
Awesome place great vets and more than happy to recommend this place to any animal lover...we back again and happy customers...
Jason Page
Jason Page
22:54 17 Jan 22
Very Friendly, Helpful and Caring staff..
Ant Man
Ant Man
01:55 05 Jan 22
Great Vet care , when you own a pet , big or small . They become family and Rose Ave Vet Clinic understands this , they treat your pets with compassion and respect .
Dags Harding
Dags Harding
07:06 22 Oct 21
Adrian Stanborough
Adrian Stanborough
19:13 16 Oct 21
Great staff and know their stuff!
David Dawkins
David Dawkins
05:59 17 Sep 21
Can't fault them!
Lynne S
Lynne S
08:37 29 Aug 21
Elizabeth matson
Elizabeth matson
19:09 21 Jul 21
Rose Avenue Vets and nursing staff are true angels who go above and beyond to help care for furry family members. You can be sure that your pet is in the safest and caring of hands when at Rose Avenue. I could not speak more highly of how professional, thorough, and kind the team are. With an extra big thank you to Vet Astrid for going the extra mile and for being so gentle and understanding.
Sandie
Sandie
08:57 18 Jun 21
ANNA CECATO
ANNA CECATO
10:30 06 May 21
Trina Creaven
Trina Creaven
09:46 29 Apr 21
Good helpful staff
Rose Van-Rooy Phillips
Rose Van-Rooy Phillips
07:35 17 Apr 21
Great friendly service and support.
Julie Voysey
Julie Voysey
06:12 17 Mar 21
Brilliant live in Glen innes drive to roses vet. Three hour drive. Worth the trip.
Mark Nolan
Mark Nolan
10:25 04 Mar 21
John Gall
John Gall
22:56 27 Feb 21
Wonderful people, excellent service. Thank you!
Anna Sawicki
Anna Sawicki
23:12 18 Jan 21
Natalie Gray
Natalie Gray
21:00 14 Jan 21
Thanks heaps rose Avenue vet done a great job with my dog bella made my xmas a lot better she's home now better than ever 👍
Bryce Brown
Bryce Brown
02:49 23 Dec 20
Very professional with logical and detailed explanation of situation and how why various tests were being carried on my beautiful pet. Very happy with the capability of staff
Steve McGrane
Steve McGrane
19:24 28 Nov 20
John Loundon
John Loundon
19:45 22 Nov 20
Staff are always friendly, and of course excellent with your fur babies.
Shannon Keogh
Shannon Keogh
02:16 28 Aug 20
Staff are lovely
Chels
Chels
04:25 01 Aug 20
Staff are so friendly here and looked after Misty-lou wonderfully
Edwin Farrawell
Edwin Farrawell
07:15 09 Jul 20
Shane Cutmore
Shane Cutmore
07:49 08 Jun 20
Vg staff
Aaron Lowe
Aaron Lowe
22:29 03 Mar 20
Sue Ridge
Sue Ridge
22:36 01 Mar 20
badminty 01
badminty 01
04:17 25 Feb 20
Best care for your animals large or small
amanda smith
amanda smith
08:55 19 Feb 20
jeff meys
jeff meys
02:41 15 Feb 20
Wonderful caring not to expensive
Denise Newman
Denise Newman
07:20 10 Feb 20
Caroline Smith
Caroline Smith
02:47 29 Jan 20
The staff at rose Avenue were incredibly helpful and kind and very informative. Will go back when the need arises.
Bekalena93
Bekalena93
00:22 18 Jan 20
Puppy daycare. On holidays wife wanted some retail therapy. Dropped dogs off for a few hours. Brilliant service. Friendly staff.
Andrew Reddan
Andrew Reddan
08:38 10 Jan 20
Gregory Parsons
Gregory Parsons
01:06 10 Jan 20
Wonderful, helpful and honest
Robert Couchman
Robert Couchman
04:04 07 Jan 20
Good friendly staff that took great care with my dog.
Graeme Herbert
Graeme Herbert
02:35 29 Nov 19
Kymberly Halcrow
Kymberly Halcrow
09:41 15 Nov 19
Very caring, friendly and informative staff
Kardy Meardy
Kardy Meardy
07:45 05 Nov 19
Adam Rollans
Adam Rollans
03:38 03 Oct 19
Great veterans and great staff
Bob Campling
Bob Campling
04:23 02 Sep 19
Karen Oliver
Karen Oliver
10:35 01 Sep 19
I was traveling up the coast with my 5month old puppy Benson when I noticed a tic on his neck. The staff and vet at Rose Ave Vet where so nice, understandable and brilliant. They checked Benson , found 2 more ticks, bathed him, looked after him and didn't charged the earth. Thank you so much, I am very greatful.
Hanna Slowinski
Hanna Slowinski
10:08 06 Aug 19
Great staff and care for fur babies
Lara freeman
Lara freeman
09:05 06 Aug 19
T Parker
T Parker
12:15 06 Jul 19
We recently had to euthanise our dear old cat of 21 years. The staff at Rose Avenue Vet could not have been more helpful, professional or compassionate. They were truly brilliant at the time and with a lovely follow up.
Deahne
Deahne
09:10 07 May 19
Lady's in office are so nice
Sam Matthews
Sam Matthews
22:34 01 May 19
Very good staff
Cody Fellows
Cody Fellows
20:50 18 Apr 19
Very supportive through a very hard time
Jourdi Blyth
Jourdi Blyth
08:45 26 Nov 18
adrian stanborough
adrian stanborough
23:59 16 Nov 18
On holiday when our dog became ill called in without app on a saturday was seen by the vet who was very through got a diagnosis and treated him. Cost very reasonable. Very clean and friendly staff.
Cath Booker
Cath Booker
07:11 29 Oct 18
Cannot speak highly enough of the care provided to my pets by the Vets , the nurses and staff at Rose Avenue and Toormina Veterinary Hospitals. Always courteous and friendly and everyone goes out of their way to provide the best service they possibly can.
Lynece Schutt
Lynece Schutt
01:49 20 Oct 18
Efficient and caring staff.
Tony Rance
Tony Rance
05:11 18 Sep 18
They were very helpful and caring looking after our sick dog. After a stay in the hospital we had a good result.
Adrian Rosanna
Adrian Rosanna
08:59 11 Aug 18
Rozz Parsons
Rozz Parsons
04:06 17 Jul 18
Kiri Anna
Kiri Anna
00:37 27 Jun 18
Andrew is a great vet, staff are nice and friendly
DEE DEE Animal farm
DEE DEE Animal farm
04:25 23 Jun 18
miniscoob
miniscoob
04:23 05 Jun 18
Very caring and understanding. Explained things really well.
Kylie Smith
Kylie Smith
21:34 12 Apr 18
Kind staff. Plenty of treats.
Lauren Booth
Lauren Booth
10:27 11 Mar 18
Julie Mason
Julie Mason
08:17 06 Mar 18
We received very thorough treatment with a knowledgeable and caring vet. We were advised of costs clearly so that we knew what we could afford. thank you
Tim Welsh
Tim Welsh
10:24 25 Jan 18
Janalei Anderson
Janalei Anderson
06:50 23 Jan 18
Great after hours service
Amanda Bruton
Amanda Bruton
20:10 25 Oct 17
Showtime Castles
Showtime Castles
21:58 26 Sep 17
Today we took our lovely dog Sascha to be euthanised at Rose st Vet, the compassion and helpfulness of the vet, nurse, and the lovely lady who gave us big hugs afterwards made a most distressing time a little more bearable, Thank you Rose St xxx
Wendy Colbran
Wendy Colbran
06:44 24 Jul 17
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