Vaccinations are vital for both kittens and adult cats. Vaccination involves an initial course and then boosters every year. It is the best way to protect your cat against a whole range of distressing and possibly fatal diseases.
Kittens receive some natural protection from their mother but after a while this wanes They should be vaccinated initially from 9 weeks of age and then again 12 weeks after birth depending on the vaccinations used. After the initial course your kitten should receive regular booster injections on a yearly basis but more frequent boosters may be desirable if the cat comes in to contact with other cats and is at increased risk - eg visiting cat shows or catteries.
If you have rescued an older cat and you don't know its history, it is advisable to commence vaccinations immediately.
Once your cat has had its primary course of vaccinations you will be given a certificate of vaccination which will have your cat's details on it, including the dates that the vaccines were given and when the booster injections are due. If you ever put your cat into a cattery you will need to produce a valid and up-to-date certificate before they will accept your cat, as the risk of cat flu is very high when cats are kept together. Your veterinary surgeon should send you a reminder when the next vaccination is due.
The main diseases that kittens and adult cats are vaccinated against are:
- Feline Infectious Enteritis (Panleucopania)
- Cat Flu
- Feline Chlamydia
- Feline Leukaemia