What is vaccination?

Vaccination is giving an injection to protect your cat against certain diseases.

How does vaccination work?

Once the vaccine is given, the immune system prepares itself in case of disease. If the disease tried to infect your cat, the immune system would be ready to fight it. This prevents your cat from becoming unwell.

Which diseases can I protect my cat against?

  • Cat flu – Calicivirus and Herpesvirus: cat flu can be very serious resulting in problems with the eyes and airways.
  • Infectious enteritis – Panleukopenia: causes often fatal damage to the digestive system
  • Leukaemia: supresses the cats immune system causing infection, tumours and death.
  • Rabies: is a fatal disease we fortunately do not have in the UK, however your pet would need vaccinating if travelling abroad.

What does the vaccination involve?

The injection is a tiny volume of fluid given under the skin of the neck, many cats don’t even feel the small needle.

What is the initial vaccination schedule?

We recommend an initial vaccination programme consisting of two injections given three to four weeks apart. The injections cover against calicivirus, herpesvirus, panleukopenia and leukaemia. For kittens these are given at eight to nine and 12 weeks of age.

When will my cat be protected?

Your cat’s immune system will respond to the vaccination, resulting in protection a week after the course is completed. This means a kitten having the initial course should not be allowed out until then, and in fact we would advise keeping your kitten in until neutering to avoid unwanted pregnancy and fighting.

When will the protection run out?

To keep the immune system ready to stop your cat becoming ill, yearly boosters are essential. This annual visit also allows us to healthcheck your cat, so we can identify any health concerns early.

Are there any reasons not to vaccinate my cat?

Not having your cat vaccinated means they will not be protected against these diseases and could become unwell or die. This risk is present as there are so many pet, farm and feral cats in this area for your cat to catch disease from.

If your cat will always be indoors and never go outside at all, vaccination should still be considered in case they ever escape.

Vaccinations are an extremely safe treatment, with very rare side effects of slight swelling at the injection site, or a mild fever. The worldwide small animal veterinary association advises vaccination for all at risk cats.

Vaccination has been very successful at minimising these diseases but sadly outbreaks are always possible.

How would joining healthy pet club help with vaccination?

Our Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on the cost of the years vaccine flea and worm treatment. It also allows you to spread the cost into monthly payments.