Cat Vaccination

We can protect your cat against many of the major infectious cat diseases with our routine vaccination regime described below using the comprehensive Nobivac range of vaccines.

Routine Vaccination Schedule

1st Vaccination From 9 weeks of age
2nd Vaccination 3-4 weeks Later
Boosters Annually
Whilst the vaccination is taking effect your cat is still vulnerable to infection, so should stay indoors away from contact with unvaccinated cats or their environment. Your cat/kitten will be adequately protected from 4 weeks after their second vaccination.

Full Health Assessment

At Eastgate Veterinary group a full health assessment is included in the price of every vaccination appointment. This is always a good opportunity for us to examine your cat for any problems of which you may not have been aware. Regular examination means early diagnosis of a condition and gives your pet a better chance of a successful outcome.

Why should I get my cat vaccinated?

Routine vaccination is vitally important in keeping your cat healthy and protecting him/her from several serious diseases, infectious diseases spread rapidly between cats, either from direct socialising, from fighting or from excrement left behind by other cats in your garden. These diseases may be rapidly fatal in severe cases or leave cats with permanent disabilities or a tendency to recurrent infections throughout their lives.

Which Diseases Can We Vaccinate Against?

“Cat flu”/Feline Influenza

This is a viral disease which is very contagious amongst unvaccinated cats and kittens. It can cause severe, sneezing, runny eyes, coughing and dehydration. It can cause long-term disabilities and recurrent breathing problems throughout life.

Feline Enteritis/Panleukopenia

This disease is caused by a virus very similar to the virus in dogs that causes parvovirus. It is spread mainly by faeces from infected cats and can live in the environment for many months. It also can be spread on clothing, footwear and on toys/bowls etc. The virus causes sudden onset of diarrhoea, often with blood, and affected cats suddenly become subdued, stop eating, are very lethargic and dull. They become severely dehydrated and lethargic. The disease is rapidly fatal, and may simply cause sudden death. Female cats which are unvaccinated and become infected whilst pregnant may either miscarry or have kittens with severe brain damage.

Feline Leukaemia

In many cases leukaemia in cats is caused by a viral infection, spread in saliva from an infected cat. This is a major cause for concern in cats that go out, as disputes over area of territory can lead to fighting and cats may eat and drink from other cats bowls. The virus takes months to develop and to cause leukaemia, but there is no cure. As the affected cat is contagious to other cats owners often face the heart breaking decision of having to keep their cat indoors permanently, or consider euthanasia. The disease can appear in several forms, sometimes resulting in tumour development or immune system suppression. Cats may develop ongoing infections from which they cannot recover. This is a dreadful disease and causes owners enormous distress, not only due to the heartbreak of the infection in one cat, but also because of the high risk of other cats in the household developing the same condition.

Are there other vaccinations I should consider?

Rabies

This disease is not present currently in the UK, but is important if you are planning to travel abroad. It is essential as part of the Pet Passport Scheme link to page discussed on a separate page on this site.