It is easy to prevent many serious and life-threatening diseases can be prevented by vaccination.
Recommendation for vaccination
- Should be first vaccinated at the age of 6 to 8 weeks, recommended F6 Vaccination
- Should receive two more vaccinations after 4 weeks and then after 8 weeks from first vaccination, Recommended 10-12 Weeks: F6 Vaccination and 14-16 Weeks: F6 Vaccination
- A kitten will not be fully protected until 7-10 days after the last vaccination.
- Should be vaccinated annually minimum F3 Vaccine
F3 Vaccine – Feline 3 (three stands for the diseases covered)
- Feline herpes virus (Causes for disease commonly known as ‘cat flu’. Often in unvaccinated cats. Can cause long-term problems, including chronic sneezing, nasal discharge, inflamed eyes and severe gum problems.)
- Feline calicivirus (Second cause for disease commonly known as ‘cat flu’.)
- Feline panleukopaenia (Causes a severe and often fatal gastro-enteritis)
Direct contact with other cats is the main source of cat flu spread, so keeping your cat indoors away from other unvaccinated cats will greatly minimise the risk. Being stressed and in places where there are lots of other cats increases the possibility of exposure and the chance of cats becoming sick.
F5 and F6 – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia Virus
For outdoor cats, we also recommend vaccination against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia Virus. The primary modes of FIV transmission are deep bite wounds and scratches but there is also an occasional transmission of the virus at the time of birth.