Kitten Vaccination Schedule Australia Cats Kittens
The importance of vaccinations to the overall health and longevity of your cat cannot be understated. Cat vaccines are medically and scientifically proven to combat the incubation and transmission of crippling and fatal feline diseases. Our veterinary staff is dedicated to educating people about the importance of cat vaccinations, including what cat vaccines are necessary, and when they should be scheduled.
As with any other immunization protocol, a cat vaccination schedule should be adhered to without deviation, in order to ensure your cat remains healthy and well for the duration of his or her life. We cannot control all health issues but we can prevent the majority of infectious disease with the proper vaccine schedule.
There are a number of factors to consider when owners set up cat vaccination schedule for their cats, and the local veterinarian could help you decide when and how your cat should be vaccinated, including using cat boosters. The vaccination schedule will depend on the age of the cat, breed and breeding potential, overall health, susceptibility to disease and geographic location. Once a cat vaccination schedule is set up, you should not delay or skip any vaccinations, as this could be detrimental to your cat's health. Feline rabies is a deadly viral disease that can be easilytransmitted to other cats by bite or by possible contamination of anopen wound. Rabies can be passed to most animals and also humans, andposes a severe threat of painful death. Vaccination against thisdisease can considerably reduce the risk of contamination. Cats who areexposed to wild animals are at greatest risk of infection. Following afeline rabies vaccination schedule can be of great benefit, especiallyif you live in a part of the country with an elevated risk of rabies. This vaccination schedule may vary according to your veterinarian's recommendations and by what is happening in your daily schedule. While it is not wise to skip vaccinations (due to the importance of each and every shot for cats) the rabies vaccinations and the FeLV vaccinations are especially important. These two diseases are very contagious, and are deadly to cats. You may find that your veterinarian recommends greater or fewer number of vaccinations depending on whether or not your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat. Some veterinarians may mandate adult boosters, while others may think they are not necessary. Cats with diabetes may need a specialized vaccination schedule to keep them healthy. Distemper (HCP or FVRCP) combinations: This is a vaccine that includes feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus and panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis is a herpes virus that typically causes respiratory signs such as sneezing and runny eyes and can be severe. Panleukopenia is transmitted through saliva, feces or urine and can cause a large range of signs from anorexia and vomiting to fever, weight loss and death. Calici virus can cause severe respiratory disease in cats. For kittens under 4 months old, the vaccine is given every 3-4 weeks in a series. For cats over 4 months, the interval and number of vaccine boosters given will depend on immunity. Please discuss with our veterinarians the schedule of vaccination that best fits your cat.
Core vaccines for cats, continued:
A routine vaccination schedule is important in keeping dogs and cats safe from many common canine and feline diseasesMost adult cats that received the full booster series of vaccines as kittens should be re-vaccinated every one to three years based on lifestyle risk assessment. That is, if your cat is at higher risk for realistic exposure to a disease, the more frequent vaccination may be recommended. It is important to thoroughly discuss your cat's lifestyle with your veterinarian and determine the appropriate vaccinations and vaccination schedule for your cat.