What is vaccination and why is it important?
Your cat's natural ability to fight infection is called "immunity". While kittens are protected for the first few weeks by an immunity passed through their mother's milk, this fades rapidly leaving the kitten susceptible to disease. This is when vaccination is needed to restore the kitten's immunity.
Your kitten's first vaccination will involve two injections, 3 weeks apart, with the first given as early as 9 weeks of age. Your kitten will also receive a full health check at the time of vaccination. We will give you a vaccination certificate to record your kitten's vaccinations and subsequent annual boosters - make sure you keep this in a safe place so that you can show it at catteries, cat shows and to us.
Speak to one of the team for advice about when it's safe to let your kitten meet other animals. They can also talk you through what to do when you let your kitten outside for the first time.
If you're wondering which diseases the different vaccines protect against, read on!
- Cat 'Flu (Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Disease) is spread from cat to cat by direct contact or through sneezing. It can be a serious disease, especially in kittens and older cats. The symptoms include runny nose and eyes, high temperatures and an extreme lack of energy.
- Infectious Enteritis (Feline Panlecopenia) is relatively rare due to the success of modern vaccines, but is unpleasant and often fatal.
- Feline Leukaemia is transmitted between cats when they fight or even when they groom. The disease weakens the cat's immune system leading to other problems. Fortunately this disease is gradually being brought under control though vaccination.
- Rabies is fortunately not found in the UK, although vaccination is required by law if you plan to take your cat abroad.