Vaccinations for Cats

Recent advances in medical science have resulted in an increase in the number and type of vaccines available for use in cats.

Cats can be vaccinated against many different diseases; panleukopenia (infectious enteritis and feline parvovirus) a disease causing severe and often fatal gastroenteritis. Herpes virus type 1 and calicivirus, commonly termed “cat flu”, whilst not usually serious, it can cause long term problems including sneezing and eye problems.  Leukaemia virus; whilst the majority of cats can combat this infection, 30% will become persistently infected by the virus. These cats could die from tumours or due to immuno-suppression caused by the virus.  Some affected cats can appear normal and we can offer a blood test to ensure your cat is not infected before vaccination.

Generally kittens are vaccinated between 8 and 10 weeks and a second dose is given 3 weeks later.  A kitten will not be fully protected until fourteen days after the second vaccination.

A booster vaccination is generally carried out yearly. Some panleukopenia vaccines can be given once every three years. All cats should receive a booster annually as adult cats can be susceptible to these infections as they grow old and their immune system becomes less efficient.

Chlamydial infection which is a particular problem in colony cats, causing painful inflammation and swelling of the membrane around the eye and has been associated with infertility in queens.