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Vaccinating your Cat

Vaccinating your Cat

Your kitten should have received its first vaccination together with a physical check up at 6-8 weeks of age, however this can be done at any time.   This may have been done prior to the cat being re-homed and you would have received a vaccination certificate as proof of this.

A booster is required 3-4 weeks later, at approximately 10-11 weeks with the final booster at 14-16 weeks.   Full immune protection cannot be relied upon until after this final booster. Your cat will then need a booster a year later, going on to 2 yearly vaccinations.

The major diseases we vaccinate against include Feline Panleukopaenia Virus, Feline Herpes Virus, and Feline Calicivirus.

Feline Panleukopaenia is a very serious disease causing severe vomiting, diarrhoea, and dehydration. It is often fatal in unvaccinated kittens and young cats, despite intensive veterinary care and therapy.

Upper respiratory disease is a common contagious disease resulting in sneezing, weepy eyes, loss of appetite and lethargy. Herpes virus and Calicivirus are the most common agents involved.

A further vaccination against Feline Aids (FIV) is an optional addition.   FIV is a immune disease predominantly spread by bites from other infected cats.   We strongly recommend cats be covered against this fatal disease.  There is an initial course of three vaccines given 3 weeks apart, then annual boosters are required.

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