Cat Vaccination

Vaccinations are given to prevent infectious diseases in cats.  It is essential that all cats are adequately vaccinated to help protect the cat population as a whole.

Kittens

Puppies are temporarily protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk (providing she has regular vaccinations). The maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, therefore kittens require a course of vaccinations (6, 12 and 16 weeks) followed by annual vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.

Adult Cats

The immunity from kitten vaccinations weakens over time and cats can again become susceptible to disease, therefore annual health assessments and booster vaccinations are required to provide the best protection.

After Vaccination Care

Following vaccination your kitten or cat may be slightly off-colour for a day or two.  Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest is usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response to vaccination seems more severe, please contact us for advice.

Reminders

Andergrove Veterinary Clinic sends regular reminders for routine vaccination. Please phone us if you have a query regarding the vaccination status of your cat so we can provide you with the necessary information.

Vaccination Cat

All cats receive a health assessment prior to vaccination

 

Diseases that we protect against in Mackay

Feline Enteritis

Feline Enteritis is very contagious and the death rate is high, especially under 12 months of age. Pregnant cats may lose their young or give birth to kittens with abnormalities, quite often with brain damage. Symptoms are depression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea, often with blood and severe abdominal pain.

The virus spreads so easily that heavily contaminated areas may need cleaning with a special disinfectant. Cats that do recover may continue to carry the virus for some time and infect other cats.

Feline Respiratory Disease (Cat Flu)

Cat FluIt is caused in 90% of cases by feline herpesvirus (feline rhinotracheitis) and/or feline calicivirus.

Feline respiratory disease affects cats of all ages, especially young kittens, Siamese and Burmese cats. It is highly contagious and causes sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and tongue ulcers.

Fortunately, the death rate is low except in young kittens, but the disease is distressing and may persist for several weeks. Recovered cats can continue to carry and spread the infection for long periods, and can show signs of the disease again if they become stressed.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS)

Feline AIDS is a disease caused by infection and affects the cat’s immune system. Their natural defence against attack by other diseases may be seriously affected, much in the same way as human AIDS.

AIDS is almost always transmitted by bites from infected cats. The virus that causes the disease is present in saliva. While some infected cats show no sign of disease, others may display initial symptoms such as fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes.

As the disease progresses, symptoms may occur such as weight loss, sores in and around the mouth, eye lesions, poor coat and chronic infections.

Eventually, the immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infections and diseases. As a result, the cat may die from one of these subsequent infections.

Unfortunately, a lot of cats are infected with this virus and it is not diagnosed until later on in life.