A huge range of cat vaccinations designed to keep your pet safe and healthy
We all want our pets to live long, healthy and happy lives – that’s why it’s essential you ensure they’re vaccinated against common, preventable diseases.
When should my cat be vaccinated?
The first vaccination is usually given in two parts, the first dose at around the age of eight to 10 weeks and the second about three to four weeks later. Thereafter, your cat will require annual ‘booster’ vaccinations for the rest of their lives to maintain immunity.
What do vaccinations protect cats against?
Your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness or death. These include:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
- Feline leukaemia (FeLV)
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline panleucopenia
- Rabies, when required
Other vaccinations may also be recommended, based on an evaluation of the risks posed by your cat’s heredity, environment and lifestyle.
Always follow the vaccination schedule recommended by your veterinary surgeon – too long an interval between vaccinations could leave your cat vulnerable and without protection.
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Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
Just as with the human common cold, the virus that causes this upper respiratory-tract infection (‘cat flu’) is easily transmitted from one cat to another, so vaccination is imperative if your pet will come in contact with other cats. Its symptoms may take the form of moderate fever, loss of appetite, sneezing, eye and nasal discharges and coughing. Kittens are particularly affected, but this disease can be dangerous in any unprotected cat, as effective treatment is limited. Even if a cat recovers, it can remain a carrier for life.
This virus is another major cause of upper respiratory-tract infection (‘cat flu’) in cats. Widespread and highly contagious, its symptoms of fever, ulcers and blisters on the tongue and pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs) can range from mild to severe, depending on the strain of virus present. Once again, treatment of this disease can be difficult. Even if recovery does take place, a recovered cat can continue to infect other animals, as well as experience chronic sneezing and runny eyes. Vaccination is therefore tremendously important.
This disease is caused by a virus so resistant, it can survive for up to one year outside a cat’s body! Therefore, as most cats will be exposed to it during their lifetimes and infection rates in unprotected cats can run as high as 90% to 100%, vaccination against this potentially fatal disease is absolutely essential. Symptoms can include listlessness, diarrhoea, vomiting, severe dehydration and fever. Happily, the vaccine itself is very effective in preventing the disease, as treatment is very difficult and, even if recovery takes place for a period of time, a once-infected cat can spread the disease to other, unvaccinated animals.
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)
Infection with the Feline Leukaemia Virus can result in a multitude of serious health problems for your cat – everything from cancerous conditions such as leukaemia to a wide range of secondary infections caused by the destruction of the immune system. In fact, it is the leading cause of death in North American cats. After initial exposure to the virus, a cat may show no symptoms of its presence for months, if not years, yet all the while infect others. Testing is available to determine the FeLV status of your cat. If he or she has not yet been infected, but is likely to come into contact with cats that are, vaccination against this potentially fatal disease is highly recommended.
After evaluating your cat’s particular situation and risk factors, your veterinary surgeon may also recommend vaccination against other infectious diseases. These might include:
This bacterial disease is responsible for 15 to 20% of all feline respiratory diseases. It is extremely contagious, especially in young kittens and the infection rate is very high. It causes a local infection of the mucous membranes of the eyes but may also involve the lungs. Chlamydiosis can be transmitted to humans by direct contact. Vaccination is the preferred method for prevention.
This incurable viral disease affects the central nervous system of almost all mammals, including humans. It is spread through contact with the saliva of infected animals through bites or any break in the skin. Though not present in the UK, this disease occurs widely throughout many other countries of the world.