Having your pet vaccinated provides protection against life threatening diseases that can otherwise prove fatal. Ensuring your cat completes an initial course of vaccinations and then receives regular boosters will help keep your cat fit and healthy.
Your cat will be given a thorough examination and health check.
Cats usually receive their first vaccination from 9 weeks of age and a second vaccination at 12 weeks. Vaccinations are tailored to the individual, please contact a Vet for advice.
- Feline Panleucopenia (Enteritis) – Serious and often fatal disease that can cause sudden death in kittens or in older cats, severe haemorrhagic vomiting and diarrhoea. It is spread through faeces or vomit surviving in the environment for up to 6 months.
- Feline Influenza Syndrome (Cat Flu) – A virus caused by feline herpesvirus and calicivirus resulting in flu like symptoms such as a snotty nose, sneezing, pus from the eyes and occasionally mouth ulcers. Often fatal in the very young or older cats which is spread through direct contact or sneezing.
- Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) – A fatal virus which destroys the cats' defences, spread through direct contact. Spread from mother to young before birth or through milk, also outdoor cats are more at risk through cat fights and direct contact. A cat can carry the virus for several years before any sign of disease is evident. A simple blood test can be carried out to confirm or rule out if a cat is a carrier.
- Chlamydia – Causing inflammation, ulcers and discharge from the eyes. Multi cat house holds are more at risk through direct contact.
- Rabies – Necessary as part of the Pet Travel Scheme, required for travel to a number of countries because of the risk of passing the fatal disease to humans. Details of each countries' requirements and specifics at www.defra.gov.uk
Booster vaccinations are recommended to maintain your cat's protection against these diseases. A single injection is given once a year throughout life along with a general health check from your vet.