Why do I need to get my cat vaccinated?
If your cat is not vaccinated it may pick up an infectious disease that can make it very sick and may lead to its death.
What does the vaccination protect my cat against?
The vaccination can protect your cat from the following diseases.
This disease can vary from a mild fever to a severe syndrome in which the cat is found dead.
Young kittens are generally worst affected. Cats will show signs of unusual tiredness, a high temperature, lack of appetite with vomiting and profuse diarrhoea.
This results in rapid and severe dehydration, with approximately 1 in 10 unvaccinated cats dying from the disease.
Feline Herpes virus and Feline Calicivirus
Both of these viruses can cause cat flu. Signs of cat flu include a runny nose and eyes, sneezing, high temperature, conjunctivitis, coughing, mouth ulcers and pneumonia.
Feline Herpes Virus causes more severe clinical signs than Feline Calicivirus.
Feline Calicivirus can cause painful mouth ulcers on the tongue and gums making eating difficult.
Chlamydia can cause a common eye infection called conjunctivitis.
A cat with conjunctivitis will have sore and irritated eye lids, a watery discharge and blinking.
One or both eyes may be infected.
Feline leukaemia is caused by a virus called Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) Feline leukaemia can take months or years to develop. Infected cats can appear totally normal and healthy for some time. The first signs of infection are usually vague due to the huge variety of problems that can occur with Feline leukaemia infection.
Feline leukaemia virus damages the catís immune system. This leaves your cat susceptible to many other diseases e.g. Cat flu.This infection may be fatal as the cat can not fight these diseases properly.
Cats with feline leukaemia may be slow to recover from minor infections, may be off colour or have a poor appetite. They may develop chronic or recurring problems such as diarrhoea.
Feline leukaemia virus damages red blood cells causing anaemia. Anaemic cats will be usually tired, listless and have pale gums.
Feline leukaemia virus can cause tumours to develop. If tumours develop the signs seen will depend on the site of the tumour. The chest, gut, skin, or multiple tumours may occur.
What is the prognosis for cats with Feline leukaemia virus?
The outcome for these cats is very poor, 50% of infected cats will die within 6 months and 80% within 3 years.
How can I protect my cat from picking up these diseases?
We recommend all cats are vaccinated to protect them.
There are 2 options when vaccinating your cat.
One of the vaccines protects against 4 out of the 5 viruses already mentioned.
The other vaccine protects against all 5 viruses including Feline leukaemia virus.
We recommend that you vaccinate your cat against all 5 viruses including Feline leukaemia virus .
When can my kitten start the vaccination programme?
Vaccinations start as early as 9 weeks old.
How many injections does my kitten need?
Your kitten needs 2 vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart
Does my kitten need any other vaccines?
Yes. The protection your kitten receives from the kitten vaccinations does not last all its life.
Your cat needs an annual booster vaccination to prevent it picking up these diseases and to keep your cat healthy.