Vaccinations for Cats & Kittens
Cat vaccinations are vital to keep our feline friends healthy and helps protect and prevent them from contracting infectious diseases and health conditions. Cat vaccinations are especially vital for kittens, and it is highly recommended to book the required vaccinations for your kittens early on in their life of you owning them.
Diseases that Cat Vaccinations protect against
- Cat flu (feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus)
- Feline infectious enteritis
- Feline leukaemia virus
- Cat Flu
- Feline Chlamydophila
Crofts Vet Surgery can advise which vaccinations your cat or kitten will need to help protect them from infectious diseases.
Kitten Vaccinations information
Kittens should be kept inside until they are fully vaccinated. They require two sets of introductory vaccinations to begin with - at nine weeks old, then a second set to boost their immune systems at three months old. After this, all cats require 'booster' vaccinations every 12 months.
Like all pets, cats are susceptible to many life-threatening diseases, but with advancements in veterinary healthcare have dramatically reduced the number of cases. Due to this reduction and by way of them not being highly reported, it is easy to assume that they are no longer a threat to cats, but they still do remain a constant danger, meaning the having the correct and properly timed cat vaccinations is the best way to keep your cat safe.
Cat Vaccinations - how they work
The type of vaccines Crofts Vet Surgery recommends will be based on your cat's lifestyle, risk factors and current guidance. Modern vaccines give protection to multiple diseases with just one or two injections.
The vaccines for cat vaccinations contain harmless (either weakened or dead) variants of viruses and other infectious agents. When a cat is vaccinated, the immune system responds by generating a protective mechanism by forming antibodies. If your cat becomes exposed to the actual disease later, those antibodies will prevent the disease from developing further.
Booster Vaccinations for Cats
Cat vaccinations don't give lifelong immunity from diseases, so regular cat booster vaccinations are recommended. If your dog is registered with us, we can send your reminders for when they are due, helping you to stay on top of your dog's healthcare. It is also a good opportunity for your dog to have a full health check at the same time.
Book a vaccination for my cat
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Cat Vaccinations FAQ
Why are cat vaccinations necessary?
Vaccinations are essential for providing your cat with adequate protection from life-threatening and debilitating diseases. There is the option of Titre testing, which involved blood samples to determine your cat’s immunity. Unfortunately, this is no always 100% reliable and an be costly to perform. Cats also staying in boarding or cattery facilities are often required to be vaccinated if you’re planning to go on holiday.
Do indoor cats need vaccinations?
Indoor cats still require vaccines, but this may be a reduced course that only includes cat flu and enteritis. However, many indoor cat owners still have a full vaccination course each year just in case their cat decides to go out exploring.
Should you vaccinate your cat?
Deciding not to vaccinate runs the risk of your cat contracting various harmful diseases. If you also want to travel with your cat or need them to stay in boarding facilities or catteries, most sites require up to date vaccination status and will not accept unvaccinated animals. A simple yearly vaccination course can help you to protect your cat so they can live a happy and healthy life.
Should you vaccinate an older cat?
As long as your cat is fit and healthy, we would always recommend vaccinations for your cat. These vaccinations provide protection from harmful diseases.
How much does it cost to vaccinate a cat?
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Can a vet tell if a cat has been vaccinated?
There is no way to tell if a cat has been vaccinated physically; however, if your cat has a vaccination card, previous vet records or microchip details, our team can look into your cat’s history where possible.