Cat Vaccination

Regular vaccination is an important part of routine healthcare to protect against infectious diseases. It is therefore recommended that all cats and kittens are routinely immunized. 

Kitten Vaccination

As newborns, kittens are temporarily protected against many diseases by antibodies from their mother's milk. These antibody levels decline in the first couple of months of life, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralize vaccines. This is why two vaccinations are necessary for a kitten.

  • Age at 1st vaccination: 6-8 weeks
  • Age at 2nd vaccination: 12 weeks
  • Core vaccine: F3, offering protection against both strains of cat flu and Feline Enteritis
  • Additional vaccines available: Chlamydia; Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV); Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Adult Cat Vaccination

Annual healthchecks and booster vaccinations are recommended for all adult cats to give ongoing protect against infectious diseases. If an unvaccinated adult cat joins your family, simply have two vaccinations three weeks apart and then one annual booster each year thereafter.

  • Frequency of vaccination: Annual booster
  • Core vaccine: F3, offering protection against both strains of cat flu and Feline Enteritis
  • Additional vaccines available: Chlamydia; Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV); Feline Immunodeficency Virus (FIV)

After Vaccination Care

Occasionally after vaccination your kitten/cat may be a little off-colour for 24-48 hours or have slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a little bit of extra TLC are all that is usually required for a speedy recovery. However, if a reaction appears more serious, please call for advice.

Infectious Disease Information

Cat flu
Highly contagious, especially affecting young kittens, Siamese and Burmese cats, though cats of any age and breed can become infected. Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and tongue ulcers.
 
Feline Enteritis
Symptoms include depression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea often with blood and severe abdominal pain.
 
Chlamydia
Severe persistent conjunctivitis in up to 30% cats. Kittens are more severely affected when also infected with cat flu.
 
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
Attacks the immune system. Symptoms may include lack of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea, susceptibility to other infections, tumours and leukaemia.
 
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Affects the immune system and can compromise a cat's ability to fight other diseases. Symptoms include fever, weight loss, sores in and around the mouth, eye lesions, poor coat condition and chronic infections. In Australia, approximately 10% of cats who go outside are infected with FIV.