Vaccinations for Cats
Why do I need to vaccinate my cat?
As a responsible pet owner, you want to make sure that your cat stays fit and healthy. Keeping your pet up to date with their vaccinations is vital to provide immunisation and protection against many life-threatening diseases, many of which have no cure. Vaccinations are also essential if you wish to place your pet in a cattery as they will not accept them unless you have an up to date vaccination certificate.
If you wish to take your cat abroad, they will require a pet passport and RABIES vaccinations will be required for this. Different countries may have different regulations, so please check well in advance of your travel.
When do I need to vaccinate my pet?
Your kitten will need a course of two injections 3- 4 weeks apart. They can have their first vaccination any time from 8 weeks of age and finish the course at 12 weeks of age. They must not go outside until 1 week after their 2nd vaccine. We do not recommend that they go out into public places until they have been neutered as they can breed from 4 months onwards.
Boosters for adults
All cats should have an annual booster to keep them fully protected. It is very important to ensure that you keep to these time scales otherwise you may need to re-start a full course.
What major diseases do we vaccinate against?
- Feline Infectious Enteritis
- Cat Flu
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
We can also vaccinate against:
- Chlamydophila felis
What if I don't want to continually vaccinate my pet?
We as a practice are very progressive and would like to cater to all types of pet owners. There is a lot of debate regarding booster vaccinations and some owners have expressed their concern regarding compulsory annual booster vaccinations. We do advise annual vaccinations as the easiest way to maintain immunity for your pet. For those owners wishing to tailor a vaccination regime based upon their individual pets immune status we offer a titre testing package. Titre testing which is a blood test by which it is possible to ascertain if your pet has adequate immunity from previous core vaccines. If this is the case then we will not insist on another unnecessary booster. This is I accordance with the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association animal veterinary association) vaccination guidelines. Please check out the following website www.wsava.org for further information on vaccinations.
If you have any questions are unsure if your pet requires a vaccination, please contact the surgery and we will be happy to help.