Protecting your cat
One of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that he is vaccinated against common feline diseases. Your cat's mother gave her kitten immunity from disease for the first few weeks of life by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her milk but these wear out. After that period it's up to you – with our help – to provide that protection.
When should my cat be vaccinated?
Generally, the immunity that a kitten gains from its mother's milk begins to diminish after 8-9 weeks. It is then time to begin the initial vaccinations. Usually a course of 2 or 3 injections are given 3 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, your cat will require repeat vaccinations to maintain immunity. The interval between the adult vaccinations depends on current international vaccination guidelines and individual risk factors for your cat.
Every year your cat shuld receive a full general health check to identify any issues that have arisen over the previous year. Our pets age much more rapidly than humans.
Which vaccinations should my cat receive?
Your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness. Such diseases include Feline Panleucopaenia, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus. Other vaccinations may be recommended and commonly this may include the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus vaccination (FIV).
What to expect
At each vaccination your pet will receive a full examination. This is an opportunity to identify any health issues and to talk about any concerns or questions you may have. We are here to help with advice regarding diet, behaviour, health issues and any other concerns you may have.
After your pet has had a health check, the vaccine will be administered. It is usually given in the loose skin (scruff) of the back of the neck. This will not interefere with your pet's microchip if she has one. Some types of vaccines may also be given in other sites on the body depending on manufacturer's recommendations.
Does it hurt and What are the Side Effects?
We will do our very best to make your cats visit as stress free and pleasant as possible. Often the injection can be given without your pet noticing much discomfort at all. Occasionally some sensitive souls may be a little unsettled with the needle but this usually passes quickly.
After the vaccination some cats, especially young kittens, may be quiet and sleepy for up to 24 hours.
Other side effects can include tenderness at the injection site which resolvesfairly quickly
Allergic reactions are fortunately rare.
Any adverse reactions should be reported to the clinic.
Vaccination works by stimulating your pets immune system and giving it the opportunity to develop disease fighting mechanisms. This means that if your pet comes across the fully infectious agents in the future it can more rapidly and effectively defend itself from serious ill health. Vaccination does not always prevent all symptoms of a disease but when an immune response is mounted symptoms are less severe. Used in conjunction with proper nutrition and acceptable sanitary conditions, vaccination is clearly your pet’s best defense against disease. Plus, when you consider what treating a serious illness can cost you and your beloved cat in terms of both distress and money, prevention through vaccination is extremely cost-effective.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your cat’s immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins - or antibodies - to protect against disease.