Cat Vaccinations in Brisbane
At Kedron Veterinary Clinic, we offer important cat vaccinations to control infectious disease in your pets. It is essential that your kitten or cat is adequately vaccinated to help protect them and the wider pet population.
Kittens should receive their first vaccinations between 6 and 8 weeks old. Although they are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk, these antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives. However, until they drop sufficiently, they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten.
Our vets can discuss a suitable kitten vaccination schedule with you.
Adult Cat Vaccinations
The immunity from kitten vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.
Initial vaccination programs should provide at least two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart at or after 8 weeks of age. These vaccines should protect against some or all of the following:
- Feline panleukopenia
- Leukaemia virus
Three vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart, against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are recommended at or after 8 weeks of age.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination, your kitten or cat may be off-colour for a day or two or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us.
Common Cat Diseases
At Kedron Veterinary, we vaccinate against the following diseases in cats.
Feline Enteritis (also known as Feline Panleukopenia)
This disease 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 disinfectant.
Feline Respiratory Disease (Cat flu)
Cat flu 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.
Chlamydia (also known as Chlamydophila)
Feline Chlamydia causes a severe persistent conjunctivitis in up to 30% of cats. Kittens are more severely affected by Chlamydia when also infected with “Cat Flu”, and Chlamydia can be shed for many months. Vaccination against cat flu and Chlamydia helps to protect against clinical disease.
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)
Feline Leukaemia is a serious disease of cats caused by the feline leukaemia virus. The virus attacks the immune system and may be associated with lack of appetite, weight loss and apathy, pale or yellow mucous membranes, vomiting, diarrhoea, reproductive problems, increased susceptibility to other infections, leukaemia and tumours. Many cats may be infected and show no signs at all. About one-third of infected cats will remain chronically infected and may shed the virus in their saliva, tears, nasal secretions and urine. The disease is then spread to uninfected cats by mutual grooming, fighting, sneezing, or even flea bites.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Feline AIDS is a disease caused by an infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) 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. This disease is not transmissible to humans but is transmitted by bites from infected cats. 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 and as a result, the cat may die.
Call us today to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your kitten or cat.