Cat vaccinations

Cat VaccinationVaccination protects against diseases which can cause your cat to become ill and may lead to the death of the animal. There are three major diseases which should be covered by a routine vaccination.

When to vaccinate?

Kittens can start their vaccinations from 8 weeks, and are given two injections 3-4 weeks apart. If you have an adult cat who hasn’t been vaccinated before, they will also be given two injections. Boosters are then usually given each year. Some cats may receive boosters less frequently than this based on discussions at health checks regarding risk factors. Even if you are not receiving a vaccine, annual checks are still advised.

Cat Flu (Feline Herpes Virus and Feline Calicivirus)

Highly infectious, but with a low death rate. The disease may be lifelong once caught. Purebred cats are more prone to severe infection, but all cats at all ages are susceptible. It is seen more frequently in kittens, elderly cats and cats with poor immune systems.

Clinical signs include inappetance, anorexia, fever, conjunctivitis and nasal discharge.

Feline Infectious Enteritis

Usually seen in unvaccinated kittens living in close proximity (rescue centres)

Clinical signs include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, depression and anorexia.

Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)

City cats are the most vulnerable population for this disease, as it is spread through cat-to-cat contact, usually from fighting. The signs and symptoms of this disease are very varied and can include loss of appetite, poor coat condition, uneven pupils, infections of the skin, bladder and respiratory tract, oral disease, seizures, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, fever, anaemia, diarrhea and jaundice. After the initial infection, some cats become carriers of the disease and will go on to infect other cats throughout their life, sometimes without showing any other signs.

International Cat Care information on cat vaccination and other topics.