Vaccinating Kittens

Your kitten will start his/her vaccinations at 9 weeks old. This consists of a primary vaccination course of 2 vaccines at an interval of 3-4 weeks apart.

Vaccines are essential to ensure we look after the health of you new kitten. The vaccines we use within the practice cover the following diseases;

Feline Panleukopaenia (infectious enteritis or feline parvovirus) – this is a fatal disease were the virus attacks the cats gastrointestinal tract and other dividing cells in the body/blood stream.

Feline Herpes virus type 1 and Feline Calicivirus  (cat flu) – these viruses as the names suggests cause flu like symptoms with eye, nose, throat and gingivitis problems. The infection is often treatable but can be fatal in young kittens with low immunity. Often once contracted the disease process will recur intermittently throughout life at times of illness/stress.

Feline Leukaemia virus (FeLV) – this virus causes immunosuppression, destruction of cells within the blood and is linked to many forms of cancer. A lot of cats that contract the virus can combat it but many may become ill if they are not able to do this. This disease is prevalent in outdoor cats especially entire  tom cats that fight with each other spreading infection. We have a blood test which can be performed to check for this virus if a clinical suspicion arises.

Your cat is protected by the vaccines immunity >7days after the 2nd injection. However, usually you will not let your kitten outside until neutered at 6 months old.
Boosters are given annually against all of these viruses to maintain good levels of immunity with a maximum 3 month extension from the date due before restarting the course again.

Within the practice we do a 3 yearly vaccination cycle as the level of immunity against the different viruses varies and we don’t want to over vaccinate your cat.








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