Vaccinations are vital for both kittens and adult cats. Vaccination involves an initial course and then a booster every year. It is the best way to protect your cat against a whole range of distressing and possibly fatal diseases. The vet will always perform a clinical examination before vaccination so your cat’s health is also checked each year.
Kittens receive some natural protection from their mothers but after a while this wanes. They should be vaccinated initially from 9 weeks of age and then again 3-4 weeks later.
After the initial course your kitten should receive a booster vaccination every year. At the initial vaccination you will be given a certificate with your cat’s details on it, the dates of vaccination and when the booster injection is due. We will also send you a reminder.
If you ever put your cat into a cattery you will need to produce a valid and up-to-date certificate before they will accept your cat, as the risk of cat flu is very high when cats are kept together.
The main diseases that kittens and adult cats are vaccinated against are:
- Feline Infectious Enteritis (Panleucopaenia)
- Cat Flu (Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus)
- Feline Leukaemia
Other feline vaccinations
Feline Chlamydophila infection, which causes sore eyes and milder respiratory signs, can sometimes be a problem especially in breeding colonies and we can vaccinate against this if required. It is possible to vaccinate your cat against rabies, if you are considering taking your cat abroad.
Please ask any of our staff if you require further information about the PETS travel scheme or visit the DEFRA website (www.defra.gov.uk).