Feline Vaccinations

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Feline Vaccinations

In cats, the primary diseases that are routinely vaccinated against are:

Enteritis (Feline Panleukopenia): can lead to severe disease especially in unvaccinated kittens less than 12 months of age. Causes fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, liver failure and even sudden death.

Feline Calici Virus: part of the cat flu. Causes sneezing, conjunctivitis, and ulcers in the mouth.

Feline Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes Virus): part of the cat flu. Causes sneezing, conjunctivitis, loss of appetite, and in the worst cases can lead to permanent nasal and sinus infection. Cats of all age are at risk, especially young kittens, Siamese and Burmese cats.

The vaccine against these 3 diseases is called and F3 vaccination.

Vaccination against another component of the cat flu complex is also available:

Chlamydia: a bacterial disease causing conjunctivitis, respiratory disease, infectious arthritis and even abortion in pregnant queens. (F3 plus Chlamydia is an F4)

If your cat EVER ventures outside (even if supervised) it is at risk of being infected with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV=Feline Aids):

This disease is potentially fatal.  It is spread from cat to cat via bites. Vaccination is available and will be recommended by your veterinarian if your cat goes outside.  The virus leads to a failure of the cat’s immune system and may cause death. Initial symptoms such as fever, sores and diarrhoea eventually progress to long-term infection. There is no treatment or cure for FIV.

 

Vaccination Schedule for Cats*

Age (weeks old)

6-8

12-14

16-18

Yearly

Vaccination

F3

F3 or F4

F3 or F4

F3 or F4 booster

 

*Note: The vaccination schedule may differ from cat to cat and your veterinarian will decide the most suitable vaccination schedule for your cat.

FIV Vaccination requires an initial course of 3 vaccinations. This can be done at 10, 12 & 14 weeks of age (and can also be commenced later in life). Boosters are then required every year.

Note: One week after the final kitten vaccination your kitten can go outside and socialise with other cats.