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Vaccinating your Kitten

Vaccinating your Kitten

Vaccinate your kitten to prevent serious and often fatal diseases.

Feline rhinotracheitis, Feline calicivirus and Panleucopenia virus can be prevented or their effect lessened by giving ‘core’ vaccines (F3) at the correct times.

  • Feline rhinotracheitis  – FVR is an upper respiratory or pulmonary infection of cats. It is also known as feline influenza, is very contagious and can cause severe disease, including death from pneumonia in young kittens. Vaccination offers protection against severe attacks of FVR.
  • Feline calicivirus  – Acute signs of FCV include fever, conjunctivitis, nasal discharge, sneezing, and ulceration of the mouth (stomatitis). Pneumonia may develop with secondary bacterial infections. Can result in death.
  • Panleucopenia virus   – FPV, also known as Feline infectious enteritis, is a viral infection affecting cats, both domesticated and wild feline species. The virus primarily attacks the lining of the gastrointestinal tract resulting in profuse and usually bloody diarrhea, severe dehydration, malnutrition, anemia, and often death.

Other diseases that affect cats  are Feline Chlamydia and Feline Immunodeficiency. Ask the veterinarian if your cat requires vaccination against these diseases.

  • Feline Chlamydia – chlamydia is an organism that causes a very contagious eye disease that occurs in a number of conjunctivitis cases, particularly in kittens. Signs include conjunctivitis, sticky discharge from the eyes and nose, fever, coughing, respiratory distress, swollen lymph nodes, lack of appetite, weight loss and depression.
  • FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency) is the feline version of AIDS, attacking the immune system. It is potentially fatal and high risk cats require vaccination. Signs include fever, sores, lesions and diarrhoea progressing to severe chronic infections leading to death. Adult cats require a blood test prior to vaccination to determine if they are FIV negative (if they are FIV positive a vaccination won’t help them). FIV cannot be passed onto humans.

Vaccination timetable of the core F3 vaccines:

  1. 6 to 8 weeks – first vaccination
  2. 1 month following first vacc. – second vaccination
  3. 1 month following second vacc. – final vaccination
  4. 12 month after final vaccination – booster
  5. Every 3 years thereafter or advised by vet

Kittens need to complete the full course and only then can socialize with others one week after their final vaccination at 14 – 16 weeks.

This is general information only, always consult a health professional when vaccinating kittens and cats. See Legal Disclaimer