Cat and Kitten Vaccination
Avoid Infection by Protection
Maintaining regular dental care, worming and flea treatments, are just a few of the many ways that can help towards your pets’ well-being. Another very important part in their general healthcare, are their primary vaccinations and annual boosters, as these are protection against potentially infectious diseases.
How important are vaccinations?
We all want to protect our pets from illness and keep infectious diseases at a low level in the animal community. Infectious diseases are spread via direct contact with or where an infected animal has been, so vaccination is vital for our pets. Cats are independent creatures that roam freely in the outside world and are therefore likely to come into contact with unvaccinated stray or wild felines. Should your pet have zero protection, they could be at risk from distressing and sadly often fatal diseases such as
Feline Leukaemia Virus (felv)
Mainly spread via the saliva through sharing food bowls, mutual grooming, and fighting. The virus infects cats by entering the body through the mouth and nose, where it then spreads into the bloodstream. Signs of infection may take months to develop, and can range from poor appetite and recurring diarrhoea to anaemia and tumours.
Immunol Deficiency Virus (cat aids)
Infection is via close contact bites and scratches. This virus suppresses the immune system, so the cat is more susceptible to various problems, and unable to effectively fight illness.
Feline Infectious Respiratory Disease (cat flu)
Another unpleasant disease where the virus is spread from cat to cat in the saliva and nasal discharge through sneezing, sharing food bowls and direct contact. Cats feel very poorly when experiencing Cat Flu, and symptoms can include a runny nose, sore watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and in more serious cases difficulty breathing.
Feline Panleucopenia (enteritis/parvovirus)
This is a very hardy virus, which survives in the environment for long periods of time and can be transmitted via clothing, on shoes, food bowls and litter trays. Signs are lack of appetite, lethargy, temperature, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea, which result in dehydration.
When to Vaccinate
A kitten’s primary course can begin at nine weeks with two vaccinations given not less than three weeks apart, which are quick and simple to administer. If you have just acquired a new adult cat, or feel your pets’ annual boosters have lapsed, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice or for further information on vaccinations.
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