Keeping up to date with vaccinations is vital to help keep your pet protected against potentially life threatening diseases. At all our surgeries we offer full health checks and vaccinations.
Why does my cat need vaccinations?
Cats need yearly vaccines to keep them protected against deadly diseases.
These diseases are:
- Cat Flu
- Feline enteritis
- Feline leukaemia
When should I vaccinate my Kitten?
Kittens usually start their vaccination course from 9 weeks of age. The course consists of two vaccines, 3-4 weeks apart. Kittens should not interact with other (unvaccinated) cats, or venture outside, until three weeks after their second vaccination. We advise you keep your kitten inside until they are neutered to avoid any unwanted litters.
The rabies vaccine is needed if travelling abroad with your cat. You will need to have it and a pet passport before leaving the country. The vaccination is repeated every three years if you are continuing to travel. Visit our pet passport page to learn more about going on holiday with your cat.
Do I need to vaccinate my cat every year?
Yes we strongly recommend annual boosters to make sure your cat is protected at all times. An animal’s immunity against these diseases reduce over time, even if they have had their full initial course. It’s also a good opportunity for us to give your pet a full examination and talk you through any questions or concerns you have about their health.
What should I do if my cat has missed their annual booster?
Try and book an appointment as soon as you can. In some situations, we may just recommend carrying on your pet’s booster as usual and there are some vaccinations that last longer than a year e.g. the rabies vaccine. However, we may recommend you restart your pet’s vaccination course. This will involve 2 vaccinations a certain time apart.