Cat Vaccination is a very important and necessary part of your cat’s preventative health program. The immunity your cat gains from being vaccinated will diminish with time. Yearly vaccination is the only way we can ensure protection against several serious and potentially fatal diseases. Annual vaccinations are also required if your cat is to go to a boarding cattery. Unvaccinated animals will not be accepted in these situations. Annual vaccinations also provide an ideal opportunity for the veterinarian to perform a complete physical examination and wellness check of your cat and to discuss any concerns you may have.
There are a number of diseases that all cats should be vaccinated against. These are:
Enteritis – Cat enteritis is caused by a cat parvovirus that is found in infected faeces. An infected cat may show signs of in appetence and depression. This can progress to severe abdominal pain, profuse vomiting and diarrhea, which usually contain blood. The virus may cause abortion in pregnant queens or fetal abnormalities. Morality rates in young kittens are very high.
Respiratory Disease – Cat respiratory disease can be caused by a number of organisms, however most cases are due to feline rhinotracheitis virus (herpes virus) and feline calicivirus. Symptoms may include a fever, sneezing, coughing, discharge from the nose and eyes, ulcers on the tongue, loss of appetite and lethargy. These symptoms may persist for 3-4 weeks, however the cay may still act as a carrier for many years after recovery.
When does my kitten or cat need to be vaccinated?
At Karingal Veterinary Hospital we recommend the following vaccination schedule:
|1st Vaccination||6 – 8 weeks||Enteritis/Herpesvirus/Calicivirus|
|2nd Vaccination||12 – 14 weeks||Enteritis/Herpesvirus/Calicivirus|
|3rd Vaccination||16 – 18 weeks||Enteritis/Herpesvirus/Calicivirus|
My cat is an inside cat. Does is still need to be vaccinated?
Yes you cat still needs to be vaccinated. Many of the diseases we vaccinate against are airborne (such as cat flu) or can be brought into the home on your shoes. Your cat therefore does not need to come into direct contact with another cat to become infected.
The fact that your cat is housed inside means it is isolated. This removes any opportunity to be naturally ‘vaccinated’ and reimmunise themselves. As a result their level of immunity may in fact be lower than cat are allowed outside.
The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week.
Our hours are
- 8am-8pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- 9am-1pm Sunday,
* We are closed on public holidays.