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Cat Vaccination Protocol

VACCINATION PROTOCOL FOR CATS

 

KEY POINTS

·         Kittens  should be vaccinated from 9 weeks of age

·         Kittens require 3 sets of injections to get full protection

·         Your kitten is not protected until two weeks post final injection

·         Booster injections each year are very important

·         Vaccinations are important as they give protection against highly infectious and life threatening diseases.

 

The core vaccinations for cats in Australia are feline panleucopaenia (parvovirus), rhinotracheitis (herpes) virus and calicivirus. Parvovirus in cats, like in dogs can cause lethal diarrhea and tummy upset. Herpes and calicivirus are components of cat flu which is not only highly infectious but can also kill even with the best veterinary support. FeLV and FIV vaccines are also recommended especially for those cats the venture outside or are kept in large groups.

Kittens should have their first inoculation at 9 weeks followed by two more injections at 12 and 16 weeks. Two weeks following the final vaccination, your kitten is safe and protected. The vaccination protocol here at Pet Medical Centre recommends that you bring your cat in annually for boosters.

Adults only require 2 initial injections for protection and, like kittens they are protected 2 weeks after this initial course. It is important to recognize that no animal is protected until the recommended course of vaccinations is complete.

Outdoor kitties are susceptible to being in cat fights, particularly males. All cats that are allowed outside should be first tested for and then vaccinated against FIV (AIDS) AND FeLV. These diseases cause immune suppression and ill thrift and possibly death just like AIDS does in humans. On first vaccination your veterinarian should discuss the options regarding FeLV and FIV inoculation.

We will provide you with reminders for each vaccination including boosters and annual vaccinations. Do not hesitate to give us a call and speak to one of our staff members regarding  any further questions.