Vaccinating Your Cat
Cats can and do become seriously ill or die from infectious diseases that could easily have been prevented by vaccination.
Vaccination is not just a precaution that can help ensure that your cat has a long and healthy life, it can save your pet’s life. We strongly recommend that your cat’s vaccinations are kept up to date with annual boosters.
When you bring your cat to the surgery for vaccination we will also carry out a full clinical examination, so it is also a good opportunity to spot any problems at an early stage and for you to ask any questions you may have about your cat’s health and wellbeing.
Cat Vaccination Programme
- 1st Vaccination
This is given when a kitten is 8weeks old, or as soon as possible afterwards
- 2nd Vaccination
This is given at 12 weeks or 4 weeks after the first vaccination. It is vital that you return for the 2nd vaccination as it is essential to ensure that your kitten is fully protected.
- Annual Boosters
Annual re-vaccination is required to ensure that your cat’s immunity is maintained.
What Diseases Will Your Cat be Vaccinatated Against?
There a three major infectious diseases affecting cats today: Feline Leukaemia Virus, Cat Flu and Feline Enteritis.
By the time your cat is showing symptoms of these diseases it is very difficult to treat them, and they are common causes of both serious illness and death in domestic cats. Even with intensive and expert veterinary care it is difficult to treat these diseases successfully and death is not uncommon.
Feline Leukaemia Virus
Also known as FeLV, this is a virus which gradually weakens the cat’s immune system so that they become more vulnerable to common ailments. There is no cure for the underlying disease and although treatment is possible for a time, all affected cats will die prematurely.
There are three main viruses involved with cat flu – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleucopaenia
Cats who have Cat Flu become dull and lethargic with sneezing, coughing and discharge from the eyes and nose. One of the main problems with “cat flu” is that once your cat has contacted the virus the signs can recurr for many years to come. The virus can lie dormant or survive at low levels within the cat’s body and then when the cat becomes run down or stressed the signs of flu can begin again.
While cats will rarely die directly from such infection, kittens and severely affected adult cats are at risk from secondary bronchitis and pneumonia which can prove fatal.
Another viral disease which is also known as Feline Panleukopaenia. Infected cats develop a frequently fatal disease characterised by severe and debilitating enteritis – vomiting and diarrhoea. The virus also damages the immune system, often permanently.