Whatever may change in your life – a new pet, a new house or a new baby – it is always easier for your pet if you can plan ahead and help them with the transition. Here are some of our tips, plus links to additional resources that you may find helpful:
Moving house and introducing new pets
The kennel club and international cat care websites provide excellent in depth advice on introducing a new pet to an existing cat or dog, moving house with your cat or dog, and introducing pets to children or babies.
If you need further advice or help, or would like information on products such as pheromone sprays which may help ease these transitions, then please contact the practice for advice.
Your pregnancy and cats
Some pregnant women may be concerned about the risk of contracting a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii from their cat. This can cause a condition called Toxoplasmosis, and if a woman is affected during pregnancy it can cause problems for the developing fetus.
Cats can carry the parasite if they eat infected wildlife. However they can usually only pass this on via their faeces for the first two weeks after infection and you actually have to swallow the parasite to become infected. Undercooked meat and unwashed vegetables are a larger toxoplasmosis risk than your cat!
However, some simple precautions should be followed:
- It is recommended that someone else cleans the litter try whilst you are pregnant, or that you wear rubber gloves. Litter trays should be cleaned daily.
- Keep cats off kitchen surfaces, and wash your hands regularly.
Problems are very rare and easily avoided if simple hygiene precautions are taken. If you are at all worried consult your doctor for more information.
It is also recommended to ensure that your cat is treated for roundworms. If you keep up to date with your cat’s regular worming routine and take normal hygiene precautions it should not carry any more risk of passing anything on to your baby than you do.
Getting older and end of life care
As pets get older they often seem to ‘slow down’ and can commonly suffer from conditions such as arthritis. We would always encourage that you bring in your pet for a check over if you do notice a ‘slowing down’ as there are often many things we can do to improve their quality of life.
If you are worried that your pet may be coming to the end of their healthy life, you may wish to contact us in advance to discuss options and arrangements. We are able to arrange a home visit for euthanasia if required.
If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us.