Young kittens are protected for a period of time against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These antibodies decrease down in the first months of their lives. However until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary in a kitten after the antibodies disappear.
Adult Cat Vaccination
The immunity from vaccination is less effective with time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life for your pet.
Initial vaccination programs should provide at least two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart against some or all of the following; feline panleucopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis and leukaemia virus at or after 8 weeks of age.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your cat may be dizzy or drowsy for a day or have some slight swelling at the injection site. Providing your pet a comfortable area to rest, and access to fresh water and food can help him to recover faster. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.
Please give us a call or send us an email to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet kitten or cat.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF CATS THAT WE VACCINATE AGAINST
This disease has a high death rate and is extremely contagious, especially under 12 months of age. Pregnant cats may lose their litter or give birth to kittens with brain damage or other important abnormalities. Symptoms are depression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea, often with blood and abdominal pain. Cats that do recover may continue to infect other cats.
Feline Respiratory Disease or Catflu
Feline respiratory disease affects cats of all ages, especially young kittens. It is highly contagious and causes tongue ulcers, sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, nasal discharge and loss of appetite.
The death rate is low except for young animals, however the disease can be persitant for several weeks preventing your cat from living his normal life. Recovered cats can continue to infect other cats, and the disease may appear again if they become stressed.
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)
The Feline Leukaemia virus attacks the immune system. Syntoms are loss of appetite, loss of weight, apathy, jaundice, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased susceptibility to other infections, leukaemia and tumours. Infected cats may not show any symptom.
One third of the infected cat population has the virus remaining in their tears, salive, nasal secretions and urine, spreading to other cats through fights, grooming, flea bites and sneezing.