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Kitten Advice – Vaccinations

Why do we give vaccinations?

Vaccinations are injections we give to kittens as a scientifically proven way to protect our loved ones against potentially fatal diseases. They work in the same way as the vaccinations we give to children, and are just as important.

How do vaccinations work?

The injection we give contains a very small amount of the disease virus or bacteria which has either been killed or microscopically modified so it cannot harm our kittens. This stimulates the kitten’s immune system to build an army of dedicated immune cells that are ready to fight off the real disease should it ever try to infect your loved one.

What do we vaccinate for?

At Edgemoor Vets we routinely vaccinate kittens against:

Feline panleucopaenia (or infectious enteritis), feline calicivirus and feline herpesvirus (both also known as ‘cat flu’) and feline leukaemia virus.

When should we give vaccinations?

Kittens can be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age. They require 2 injections, their second will need to be given 3 weeks after their initial injection.

Should kittens go out once their initial vaccination course is complete?

While kittens will be protected from the diseases mentioned above after their vaccination course is completed, it is not recommended they are allowed to roam outside freely until they are neutered. Kittens become sexually active from a young age, from 3-4 months of age, and will actively seek out a mate to pro-create. Because of this, we recommend keeping all kittens indoors until they are neutered, which can be done from 5-6 months of age (see our neutering section).

Should we give annual boosters against these diseases as well?

Yes! The vaccines we give a designed to protect your kitten for a certain length of time. To keep your kitten fully protected they will need an annual booster vaccine every year for the rest of their life. Missing these booster vaccines will put your kitten at risk of getting these devastating diseases.

Keep your kitten covered against these diseases for life – and save some money too – with our Health Plan.

If you have any more questions or if you’d like to book your kitten in for a complimentary initial check up, call 01439 771166 to talk to one of our friendly team.

 

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