Why it’s important to vaccinate your cats
When kittens are first born their fragile immune systems are strengthened by natural antibodies IN their mother’s milk. However around 6 weeks it’s over to cat vaccinations to prevent a whole range of potentially fatal diseases as your playful kitten grows into a curious cat.
Immunisations don’t just protect your cat’s health. They also prevent disease and infection from spreading through the neighbourhood pet community, and safeguard against the rare sicknesses that can be contracted by humans.
Our Perth vet clinic provides cat vaccinations for:
- F3 core vaccine (FPV, FCV, FVR)
- FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus)
- FeLV (Feline leukemia)
- Chlamydophila felis
Kittens should receive vaccinations in 3 rounds, starting at 6 weeks of age. This is the time mother’s milk ceases to be effective in preventing contagious disease.
- 1st vaccination at 6-8 weeks
- 2nd vaccination at 10-12 weeks
- 3rd vaccination at 14-16 weeks
Your vet will administer a bespoke immunisation course based on whether you are intending your feline friend to be an indoor or outdoor cat, plus any lifestyle factors influencing their probability of encountering infectious disease.
However, your kitten will receive at least the core vaccines during their first 16 weeks. Core kitten vaccines include FPV (feline panleukopenia, or cat parvovirus), FCV (feline calicivirus), Feline leukemia (FeLV), and rabies.
Kittens should be confined to the house for at least 10 days after immunisation to give the vaccines time to fortify their immune system.
In the first few days your cat may be off-colour, seem lethargic, and possibly experience swelling at the injection site. These symptoms should disappear quickly. Watch for signs of a more severe reaction and if your kitten displays any of these symptoms, contact our Perth vet clinic immediately for advice:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Weakness and fatigue
- Appetite loss
- Difficulty breathing
Adult Cat Vaccinations
Your cat will need regular immunisation boosters throughout its entire life. Annual health checks are a good opportunity to top up on cat vaccinations, which keep your pet protected against infectious disease over their adventurous life.
Cat vaccination boosters will generally be given every 12 months. If you miss the annual appointment, don’t panic – simply get in touch with Epsom Avenue Veterinary Clinic to make up the appointment at your earliest opportunity.
Kitten vaccines can weaken over time. Especially at cats become older their immune systems can weaken, leaving unvaccinated cats vulnerable to deadly diseases.
Why you should choose Epsom Avenue Veterinary Clinic to vaccinate your pet
With our 60 years of combined experience, Epsom Avenue Clinic is highly experienced and compassionate when it comes to cat vaccinations. We understand young kittens need a nurturing environment to help them feel comfortable they visit for immunisations.
Your pets’ health is the top priority for our friendly team. When you bring your kitten to our Perth vet clinic for the first time, our experienced vets will ensure a plan is put in place to safeguard their health for the long term.
As a pet parent that means you enjoy a long and happy life with your frisky feline pal. Call us directly or fill in the form below to book a consultation or booster appointment.
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