Cat Vaccinations in Sutton
The core (essential) cat vaccinations provides protection against Panleucopaenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus and Leukaemia. Additional cat vaccination against Rabies is also available.
Cat vaccinations courses for kittens consists of two injections. As with puppies, kittens will have some protection from their mothers in their bloodstream, which is why a second injection of the vaccine is required to complete immunisation.
Kitten vaccinations start from 8 weeks of age, with the second vaccine administered three weeks after the first. A certificate of the vaccination will be provided at the second cat vaccination appointment.
It is important for annual boosters to be taken to make sure immunity remains effective.
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Panleucopaenia is a virus which is a type of parvovirus.
It is very contagious and cats can become infected through contact with other infected cats but the virus can also be spread through faeces and urine and by fleas.
Infected cats will develop severe diarrhoea.
The virus also causes destruction of the cat’s white blood cells (which fight infection) and so they are left very vulnerable to secondary infections.
This is often a fatal disease.
Rhinotracheitis is a virus caused by a herpes virus.
It is commonly known as the cat flu virus and is very contagious.
Infected cats will develop a range of symptoms including conjunctivitis, sneezing, nasal discharge and fever.
They can also go on to develop pneumonia.
In some cases cats will remain infected for life with symptoms flaring in times of stress.
Calicivirus is a virus which is commonly found in cats.
It does not always cause clinical signs of illness.
However, Calicivirus can cause conjunctivitis, nasal discharge and mouth ulcers.
It is commonly associated with feline Rhinotracheitis.
Cats are often infected for life and the virus and symptoms can flare in times of stress.
Feline Leukaemia Virus
Feline Leukaemia Virus is a retrovirus.
It is transmitted directly from infected cats through their saliva, either by sharing feeding bowls or through bite wounds and grooming.
Some infected cats show no clinical signs.
Clinical signs which can develop are very varied as the virus can affect many organs.
Suppression of the cat’s immune system is a common factor in this disease.
Feline Leukaemia infection can be fatal.
Rabies is caused by a virus which invades the nervous system to cause inflammation of the brain and death.
It is zoonotic (can be transmitted from animals to humans).
At present rabies is not in the UK and Rabies vaccination does not form part of the core (essential) vaccination protocol.
However, if you wish to travel abroad with your cat they will need Rabies vaccinations.
Please visit our section on ‘Travelling abroad with your pet’ for more information.
Why are cat vaccinations necessary?
Cat vaccinations are essential for providing your cat with the vital protection from life-threatening and debilitating diseases. There is the option of Titre testing, which involves blood samples to determine your cat’s immunity. Unfortunately, this is not always 100% reliable and can be costly to perform. Cats also staying in boarding or cattery facilities are often required to be vaccinated if you're planning to go on holiday.
Do indoor cats need vaccinations?
Indoor cats still require vaccines, but this may be a reduced course that only includes cat flu and enteritis. However, many indoor cat owners still have a full vaccination course each year just in case their cat decides to go out exploring!
What happens if you don't vaccinate your cat?
Deciding not to vaccinate runs the risk of your cat contracting various harmful diseases. If you also want to travel with your cat or need them to stay in boarding facilities or catteries, most sites require up to date vaccination status and will not accept unvaccinated animals. A simple yearly vaccination course can help to protect your cat so they can live a happy and healthy life.
Should you vaccinate an older cat?
As long as your cat is fit and healthy, we would always recommend vaccinations for your cat. These vaccinations provide protection from harmful diseases.
Can a vet tell if a cat has been vaccinated?
There is no way to tell if a cat has been vaccinated physically; however, if your cat has a vaccination card, previous vet records or microchip details, our team can look into your cat's history where possible.