When to Vaccinate
Vaccinations should be completed annually the whole way through your feline friend’s life in order to give them the best protection. Vaccinations can be started when your kitten is between 9 weeks old. Adult cats who have fallen behind on vaccinations can also restart the course at any time.
The initial vaccination course is x2 injections 3-4 weeks apart with a 7-day wait period after the second vaccination until your kitten/cat can go out. It is important that during this time your pet does not go out or mix with unfamiliar cats before this time.
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What Vaccinations Are Available?
Feline Infectious Enteritis – Parvo: Parvo is a virus that attacks the intestines and affects the immune system, typically young infected cats will suffer from bloody diarrhoea. Unfortunately, infected cats will die within a couple hours of having displayed symptoms.
Feline Upper Respiratory Disease (Cat Flu) – Herpesvirus Type-1, Feline Calicivirus, Bordetella and Chlamydia: The disease affects the eyes, lungs and mouth often with symptoms such as pneumonia, inflamed gums and eye ulcers. Often cats that become infected never fully recover from the virus and become life-long carriers.
Feline Leukaemia Virus: Feline Leukaemia attacks the bone marrow and white blood cells thus weakening the immune system. Anaemia, cancer of the blood, intestines and other body parts are also caused by the virus.
Rabies: Rabies is not commonly vaccinated for in this country as we have no present issues with the disease. In order to obtain a passport and travelling abroad however would require your cat to be vaccinated against the disease.
The Rabies vaccination is administered through injection into the scruff of the neck from 3 months old. Rabies can be vaccinated against on a 3 yearly basis, however if travelling it is important to check the frequency of vaccination required by the country you’re travelling to according to the Pet Travel Scheme.