When Should You Vaccinate?

Cat Vaccinate

When to vaccinate?

 

Kittens will need two vaccines one at 8 weeks old and the second at 12 weeks old.  Once a kitten is fully vaccinated a yearly vaccine is required to fully protect your cat.  We recommend all cats that go outdoors are also vaccinated against Feline Leukemia Virus.

 

What are they vaccinated against?  

 

Feline Enteritis

Enteritis is highly contagious and is caused by the virus Panleucopaenia and causes severe gastrointestinal signs, all though some cats will never show signs.  Feline enteritis is found everywhere in the environment so all cats are at risk of exposure. 

 

Cat “Flu”

Cat flu is an upper respiratory tract infection caused by Herpesvirus and Calicivirus.  Cats can become infected by direct contact, inhaling sneezing particles, shared bowls/litter trays and contaminated areas (bedding) with a cat that is infected.  In adult cats it may present as nasal and eye discharge. Kittens and adult cats with a decreased immune system cat flu could be fatal.  

 

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Any cat that goes outside should be vaccinated against FeLV.  FeLV is transmitted by saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces and milk from lactating queens.  Cats infected with FeLV will have a decreased immune system and a shorter life span.