Cat and kittens are commonly vaccinated at our surgeries to protect them against a variety of contagious viral diseases.
Most cat owners will have heard about cat “flu”, but many do not realise that there are a number of viruses and other organisms that can be responsible for sniffles and sneezes in cats.
The vaccine we use protects cats against feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus, both of which are commonly responsible for upper respiratory infections.
Alongside the flu vaccine we protect cats against a commonly encountered viral infection of the intestines: panleukopaenia, which is similar to parvovirus in dogs. It can cause a severe, debilitating, diarrhoea which, in young kittens, may prove to be fatal despite our best care.
We also provide the majority of our cats with routine protection against feline leukaemia virus. FeLV is associated with the occurrence of tumours and anaemia in cats but also causes disease by suppressing the cat’s immune system.
In certain situations other vaccines are available for cats – including Rabies, for cats travelling out of the UK; Bordetella bronchiseptica, a bacterial cause of cat flu; and Chlamydophila – to protect cats against a viral conjunctitis.
We do not vaccinate all cats against all these diseases every year. We look at what vaccines have been given previously and consider the lifestyle of the cat before selecting the most appropriate protection for your pet, for more information just ask to chat with a vet.
For further reading about pet vaccines and disease you may wish to explore this website – www.future-of-vaccination.co.uk.