After birth kittens get immunoglobulines from their mother. These immunoglobulines reduce slowly during the first weeks of life. That is why it is important to vaccinate a kitten during the first months of its life (6, 9 and 12 weeks), these vaccinations mean that the kitten will then produce immunoglobulines (antibodies) itself. To maintain enough antibodies it is essential to vaccinate your cat every year (for some diseases it’s enough to vaccinate every 2 or 3 years). We will give you specific advice on when to vaccinate your cat when you visit us in the practice. During the vaccination we will also do a general health check and give advice about endo - and ectoparasites.
We vaccinate against cat disease and cat flu
Cat disease is a serious, very contagious disease that we mainly see in young cats. This virus reproduces especially in the cells of the G.I. tract and bone marrow. Symptoms are serious pains in the abdomen, vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration. After vaccination, cats have good long-term protection against the cat disease virus. The virus is spread by oral- faecal contact.
Cat flu is caused by a complex of viruses and some bacteria and is a cause of inflammation of the upper respiratory system.
Vaccination helps to prevent this infection but cannot prevent it 100% because as in human ‘flu, the cat flu virus mutates quicker than a new vaccine can be developed. Furthermore stress, a kennel/cattery visit or a multi-cat household can be increased risk factors for this disease.
Some catteries/kennels ask for a half year booster instead of the yearly booster. Ask the kennel for their specific requirements.
It is wise to give your cat an extra cat flu vaccination when your cat visits a cattery/kennel or when you have got a multicat houshold (at least three cats). This is a Bordetella vacctination.