Vaccination is giving an injection to protect your cat against certain diseases.
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.
The injection is a tiny volume of fluid given under the skin of the neck, many cats don’t even feel the small needle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.