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West Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital
158 Uriarra Road
Queanbeyan
NSW 2620

Phone:
(02) 6297 5542
Fax:
(02) 6299 3594

Cat Vaccinations

 

 

 

What Diseases?

  • Feline Enteritis                               
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis (cat flu)
  • Feline Calicivirus (cat flu)

        Chlamydia – can be optional but done as standard at WQVH as part of F4 vaccine - as is quite prevalent

  • Feline Leukaemia Virus – optional
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – optional                 

 

Why?

  • To prevent unnecessary suffering and possible death from preventable diseases.

 

Why so frequently when young?

  • Kittens receive some temporary immunity from their mothers through the 1st milk (colostrum).  This protection varies in length depending on the mother’s immunity at the time of their birth.
  • Temporary immunity inactivates a vaccines effectiveness.
  • Temporary immunity disappears anywhere from 6 to 16 weeks but mostly at about 12 weeks.
  • Reason for 16 week vaccination - if the mother’s immunity was very high the passive immunity will have cancelled the previous vaccinations.

 

So, repeat vaccinations as kittens are required to ensure active immunity to these diseases at a time when the status of natural immunity is unknown.

 

Depending on the vaccine type, vaccines develop a better immune response when given a month apart.  This is where the true meaning of ‘booster’ vaccination comes from – an immune system response is activated by the 1st vaccination and maintains a certain level.  It then recognizes the 2nd and the immunity is ‘boosted’ to a higher level.

 

Vaccinations given

  • F4 – Feline Enteritis, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus and Chlamydia.
  • Feline FIV vaccines are not automatically given but are recommended for any cat with outdoor access – please consult with your veterinarian.  FIV ‘initial course’ vaccinations are given 3 times at 2 to 4 weeks apart and then a single vaccination is given yearly.
  • Leukaemia Virus – not routinely given but available – please consult with your veterinarian.

 

Initial routine kitten course

  • Given at 6 - 8wks (F4), 10 – 12wks (F4 +/- 1st FIV) and 14 - 16wks (F4 +/-  2nd FIV) 18 - 20wks (3rd FIV)

 

As an adult cat

  • Single F4 yearly vaccination (+/-  single FIV vaccination)

 

Vaccines and legislation

Many vaccines are classified as a Schedule S4 drug and therefore can only be administered by a qualified and registered veterinarian.  Only once that veterinarian has thoroughly examined the animal and determined it to be in the appropriate state of good health required, to receive a vaccination, can a vaccine be given.  This leads to the most important part of your pets visit to the vet – a comprehensive health check and clinical examination before receiving their vaccination.

 

Please ask us if you have any queries regarding vaccinations.