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Vaccinating - Its important for Your Cat



The money spent on vaccinating your cat could save you a lot of money later on. Many diseases vaccinated for can cause your pet prolonged suffering, which need not happen.


What Diseases Do The Vaccines Cover?

They allow your cats immune system to recognize specific diseases and build up antibodies that will combat that particular disease.


Diseases vaccinated for, via a 3 way vaccine are:


  • Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIe) also called Panleukopenia

  • Feline Calcivirus (FCV)

  • Feline Rhinotracheitis (FVR)




Without immunization, any one of these diseases could lead to the premature death of your cat. Additional vaccinations are available optionally for Chlamydia, Pneumonitis, and Feline Leukemia. But they are NOT recommended.


What do The Immunizations do?

The only way a cat can be immune to these conditions is if it is immunised or has contracted and survived the disease. Essentially, the cat is inoculated with an inert (killed) form of these diseases, this trains the immune system to recognise the infection and resist it before it gains a foothold.


When Should I Immunize my Kitten?

During the first few weeks of life, they usually gain immunity from their mothers first milk called colostrum. If the mother cat has been vaccinated this immunity is then passed on to her kittens. Kittens should be vaccinated at 8 weeks with a booster at 12 weeks. Then again at 1 year of age. The every 3 years thereafter.


If however, your kitten is an orphan or was unable to receive its mothers first milk for some reason; your veterinarian may recommend immunizing your kitten sooner.


After this initial eight week period, immunity begins to taper off, vaccinations and yearly boosters take over providing continued protection against these diseases.


Why give two vaccinations only 4 weeks apart?


The first vaccination is used to "kick-start" the cats immune system in preparation for the second vaccine.


The second vaccination brings the cats' immune system up to a level that will protect them from the diseases vaccinated for.


It must be understood, once immunized, this disease protection does not become active right away. It usually takes 7 to 14 days after administering the vaccine for the immunization to become fully effective.


In the interim, it is best to keep the vaccinated kitten away from other cats to avoid the potential risk of infection.