Cat Vaccinations

When kittens are born they have some immunity against diseases from their mothers, this comes via the placenta and the colostrum (mothers first milk) as time goes by this immunity decreases which is why we vaccinate.

Vaccinating your cat throughout its life is important as over time immunity will wane.

By keeping your cat’s vaccines up to date, it is a way of keeping them happy, healthy and protecting them against certain diseases that are often difficult or impossible to treat and can be fatal.

Remember prevention is better than cure!

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What We Vaccinate Cats Against

  • Feline Herpes Virus (FHV)
    This is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats and is highly contagious.

    Cats of all ages, sizes and breeds are susceptible however cats with a poor immune system, kittens and flat faced breeds i.e. Persians can show more severe clinical signs.

    How Is FHV Spread?

    Direct contact – through saliva, ocular or nasal secretions, sharing of food bowls and litter trays, contaminated environment this is less important as the virus can only survive for a sort time.

    The incubation period of the disease is 2-5 days.

    Clinical signs include ocular and nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, sneezing, fever and loss of appetite.

    Once infected, cats will remain carriers of the disease. Although they will not always show clinical signs they can be infectious at times of stress. When their immune system is reduced they may develop clinical signs and shed the virus again.

    Immunity with vaccination lasts for one year so protection requires an annual booster.

  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV)
    This again is a virus that attacks the upper respiratory tract. It is spread in the same way as FHV however a contaminated environment is more important as the virus can potentially survive for up to one month.

    The incubation period is 2-6 days.

    Clinical signs include ocular or nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, corneal ulcers, gingivitis, stomatitis (inflammation/ulceration of the oral cavity) and fever. In younger cats it can cause arthritis and limping.

    Immunity with vaccination lasts for one year so once again protection requires an annual booster

    The above disease come under the heading ‘cat flu’

  • Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE)
    This is also known as Feline Panleukopenia Virus (due to the development of low white blood cell count) and is caused by feline parvo virus.

    Spread is by direct faecal-oral contact, indirectly following contamination of the environment or objects (e.g. on food dishes, grooming equipment, bedding, floors, clothing or hands).

    Cats infected with FIE can continue to excrete the virus for at least six weeks following infection. This virus can live in the environment for months to years and is resistant to many disinfectants.

    The incubation period is usually less than 14 days with clinical signs including variable temperature – raised initially then low, often haemorrhagic vomiting and diarrhoea. The virus can then travel via the blood to the bone marrow and lymph glands which can lead to a marked decrease in white blood cells.

    Pregnant cats can pass the virus to their unborn kittens, which can then interfere with the development of the brain causing co-ordination problems.

    Immunity with vaccination lasts for three years.

  • Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
    This viral infection is highly contagious and is spread by direct contact with saliva, most commonly through fighting, grooming, sharing bowls and mating behaviour.

    This virus does not survive in the environment for any length of time. Incubation period of the disease can be 8 weeks but up to several years. Although not all infected cats will develop clinical signs unfortunately 80-90% of infected cats will die within 3-4 years of FeLV diagnosis.

    There is a very long list of clinical signs that can be associated with FeLV infection – frequent infections of all kinds due reduction in the bodies normal immune responses, weight loss, fever, lethargy, nervous signs (such as problems walking), and recurrent diarrhoea, lethargy, weakness and pale gums and tongue due to anaemia (low red blood cell count).

    The FeLV virus has the ability to cause tumours for example leukaemia (cancer of the bone marrow) and lymphoma (cancer of the white blood cells) – this can be seen as lumps around the body both externally and internally.

    Annual revaccination is recommended.

Prevention is better than cure

We answer frequently asked questions about vaccinating your cat in our cat vaccination guide.

Cat Vaccination Guide: FAQs

Vaccination Protocol

  • Primary Vaccination Course
    We use a product called Nobivac Tricat Trio this covers against herpes virus, calicivirus and feline infectious enteritis and is a course of two vaccinations.
    • 1st vaccine at 8-9 weeks age
    • 2nd vaccine cats must be 12 weeks of age and this vaccine must be 3-4 weeks after 1st vaccine.

    Immunity will be achieved between 3-4 weeks after vaccination

    For outdoor cats we also recommend vaccinating against FeLV using Nobivac FeLV, initially a course of two injections are required.

    • 1st vaccine from 8 weeks of age
    • 2nd vaccine 3-4 weeks later

    Nobivac Tricat Trio and Nobivac FeLV can be given at the same time so your cats will be fully covered in two visits. During both consultations we will ensure your cat is fit and well.

  • Booster Vaccination
    Due to the different length of time immunity is achieved for these diseases, we use a rolling vaccination protocol for booster vaccinations. This ensures that your cats are fully protected but we don’t over vaccinate.
    • Year 1 Booster – Nobivac Ducat boosts immunity for herpes virus and calicivirus
    • Year 2 Booster – Nobivac Ducat boosts immunity for herpes virus and calicivirus
    • Year 3 Booster – Nobivac Tricat Trio boots immunity for herpes virus, calicivirus and feline infectious enteritis
    • Year 4 booster – Nobivac Ducat boosts immunity for herpes virus and calicivirus

    and so on

    For cats vaccinated against FeLV we recommend a yearly booster vaccination.

Our Practices

Pride Veterinary Centre

01332 678333
Riverside Road, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8HX
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Alfreton

01773 304900
Unit 2, Nottingham Road, Alfreton DE55 7GR
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Hilton

01283 732999
6 Witham Close, Egginton Road, Hilton DE65 5JR
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Langley Mill

01773 304914
227 Station Road, Langley Mill, Nottingham NG16 4AD
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Mickleover

01332 518585
73 Devonshire Drive, Mickleover, Derby DE3 9HD
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Oakwood

01332 666500
Unit 9, Oakwood District Centre, Oakwood, Derby DE21 2HT
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Park Farm

01332 554422
Park Farm Centre, Allestree, Derby DE22 2QQ
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Shelton Lock

01332 700321
247 Chellaston Road, Shelton Lock, Derby DE24 9EG
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Stapenhill

01283 568162
90 Spring Terrace Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent DE15 9DX
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Stretton

01283 565333
36 The Green, Stretton, Burton on Trent DE13 0EQ
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Save money on vaccinations

Primary vaccination course for junior cats and annual booster vaccinations for adult cats are included with VIP Cat Club membership

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