Vaccinations are an essential part of our pet's preventative healthcare routine, just like for humans. By vaccinating your cat you are helping to protect them from contagious and potentially life-threatening viruses.
Up to date vaccinations are also a requirement for all cattery facilities.
What do we vaccinate against?
Feline Enteritis (also known as Feline Panleucopenia)
Feline Rhinotracheitis Disease
Chlamydia (also known as Chlamydophila)
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
When to Vaccinate?
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 course of vaccination boosters are necessary for a kitten.
The recommended schedule of vaccination for your kitten is 2-3 vaccines from 8 weeks of age, followed by an annual vaccination for the rest of their life.
Initial vaccination programs should provide at least two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart against some or all of the following; feline panleucopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, chlamydia and leukaemia virus at or after 8 weeks of age. Three vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart, against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are recommended at or after 8 weeks of age, especially for cats who will be outdoors.
These dates can vary depending on your kitten's exact age and vaccination status. If you are unsure, call or visit the clinic for us to provide you with tailored vaccination protocol.
The immunity from kitten vaccinations weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations are required to provide the best protection life long.
If your cat's annual vaccinations become overdue, they may need to restart their primary vaccination course and require boosters to bring them up to date.
Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your kitten or adult cat.