The feral cat popluation has exploded out of control, with it the risk of disease to cats has also increased. We strongly recommend you vaccinate your cats, especially if your cats have access to the outside world. Responsible pet care requires kittens to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult cats require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.
We offer a F3 vaccine which protects against feline calicivirius, feline herpes virus (both can cause cat flu) and also protects against Feline panleukopaenia (severe gastro-enteritis).
Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten. Kittens should be vaccinated at 6-8 weeks of age and then again at 12 weeks.
Adult Cat Vaccination
The immunity from kitten vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.
There is also other vaccines for feline immunodeficiency virus FIV and feline leukemia virus. We do not routinely give these vaccines but do advise them when appropriate. If you are interesed to know more about these options please have a chat with our vets during your next visit and we can help you decide about the best vaccination regime for your cat.