Vaccinating Cats

Cats should be routinely vaccinated against the following:

  • Feline panleukopemia which is becoming an increasingly common disease causing severe vomiting and diarrhea however it is severe and often fatal.
  • Feline herpes virus is one of the main causes of cat ‘flu. It is not usually serious but can cause lifelong problems. It is very common in unvaccinated cats. Cat flu can be life threatening in young, old or immune compromised cats.
  • Feline calici virus, this is another important viral contributor to cat ‘flu and can cause large ulcers on the tongue.

Cats can also be vaccinated against the following (some vets have combined vaccines
to cover all these diseases):

  • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV). This virus can cause many problems including tumors, lots of cats can combat the infection but about 30% will become persistently infected and may die. This is widespread in the US and untreatable.
  • Chlamydophila felis ( conjunctivitis) can be a particular problem in multi-cat households and shelters. It most commonly causes eye infections but can also cause respiratory disease and infertility.

When to vaccinate

  • Kittens need a course of vaccinations starting at nine weeks of age.
  • Booster vaccinations are usually given yearly after this to maintain protection, but check with your vet.

Leaving your new cat or kitten with PAWSibilities, they will be up-to-date on vaccines, but should be well-checked by your veterinarian with in the first week or two. If your new pet is a young kitten, it may need its second round of vaccines from your vet. The paperwork you receive from PAWSibilities will have the necessary information your vet needs. Make sure to take it with you on your first visit.