Cats should be vaccinated yearly against a number of deadly diseases.
Puppies and kittens need extra vaccinations at a young age, followed by yearly boosters. When your pet comes in for a vaccination they will receive a full health check by one of our vets. We can only vaccinate a healthy animal.
Cats are routinely vaccinated against:
- Panleucopaenia Virus (this viral disease is characterised by sudden onset depression, vomiting and diarrhoea, severe dehydration and a high mortality rate. It is completely preventable by routine vaccination of kittens).
- Herpesvirus (this disease causes Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus Infection which is characterised by sneezing, fever, rhinitis, conjunctivitis and other eye abnormalities. The vaccine prevents the development of severe disease but milder signs can still be seen in kittens and cats that are vaccinated).
- Calicivirus (Feline Calicivirus Infection is a common respiratory disease of cats which results in upper respiratory signs, oral ulceration and pneumonia. Occasional arthritis has also been reported).
- Feline Leukaemia Virus (this is a retrovirus that causes immunodeficiency and neoplastic disease in cats. Free roaming unneutered male cats are at a higher risk due to territorial aggression).
We recommend kittens to have their first vaccination at 9 weeks old followed by a second injection 3-4 weeks later. Yearly boosters are needed to keep your cat healthy and safe. Please note the leukaemia vaccine in not included as part of the routine vaccination protocol. It is an optional extra. In some cases, we may advise doing a blood test prior to giving this vaccine.
If you are planning to travel abroad with your pet, you will need to vaccinate against rabies at least 3 weeks before your trip. Please check for more information in travel with your pet section.