Your new kitten will start life with some natural immunity from diseases from her mum, but as this wears off you’ll need to have her vaccinated to keep her healthy. Vaccinating your kitten is absolutely essential as it will protect her from life-threatening diseases. There are certain diseases covered in the 3-1 vaccination, however the core vaccine does not include protection against Feline Aids (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – FIV) and Leukemia. It is recommended that you vaccinate your kitten against these diseases. Prevent FIV through sterilisation and keep your kitten indoors, especially at night. FIV unfortunately does not have a vaccine.
Vaccinations are an important cornerstone for keeping your kitten healthy. Vaccinating your kitten helps protect their health, making it very important to adhere to the right vaccination programme at the appropriate age. Core vaccines are recommended for all kittens and cats regardless of their lifestyle, whilst non-essential (also called non-core) will be recommended depending on the risk of exposure to the specific disease or virus.
VACCINATING YOUR KITTEN
The 3-1 vaccine for your kitten offers protection against
– Herpes Virus
The core vaccine does not include protection against Feline Aids (Feline immunodeficiency virus – FIV) and Leukemia.
YOUR KITTEN’S VACCINE SCHEDULE
At 8-9 weeks
3-1 vaccine to protect against Herpes Virus, Calci and Panleukopenia virus
3-4 weeks after the initial vaccination
The vaccine will be boosted as immune system starts building up immunity after two weeks and needs to be stimulated again to build up more antibodies against the viruses. The Rabies vaccine is also added at this stage.
The core vaccine does not include protection against Feline Aids (Feline immunodeficiency virus – FIV) and Leukemia. It is recommended that you vaccinate your kitten against these diseases. Prevent FIV through sterilisation and keep your kitten indoors, especially at night.
Feline panleukopenia (FP) is a highly contagious viral disease of cats caused by the feline parvovirus. Kittens are most severely affected by the virus. Because the FP virus is everywhere in the environment, virtually all kittens and cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. While cats of any age may be infected with the feline parvovirus that causes FP, young kittens, sick cats, and unvaccinated cats are most susceptible. It is most commonly seen in cats 3-5 months of age. Please be responsible and vaccinate your kittens against this deadly disease.
Feline panleukopenia is a highly contagious viral disease in Kittens – look out for these symptoms
- Generalized depression, loss of appetite and dehydration
- High fever, lethargy, vomiting, severe diarrhea, nasal discharge
- Fever will come and go
- In young kittens, the virus can also damage the brain and the eyes.
Vaccinate against Feline panleukopenia!
Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) is one of the most common causes of disease and death in kittens and cats. If a kitten or cat is infected with the virus, there is a significant risk of them developing many severe illnesses such as anaemia, immunosuppression and cancer. It has been estimated that 80-90% of infected cats die within 3-4 years of FeLV diagnosis. Please be responsible and vaccinate your kittens if the risk of contracting this disease is high.
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) is a viral infection in Kittens – look out for these symptoms
- Have the ability to cause the development of cancer tumours
- Immunosuppression is the single biggest cause of clinical signs in FeLV infected kittens
- Fever, lethargy, poor appetite, weight loss, and persistent or recurrent respiratory, skin and intestinal problems
- There is no cure for FeLV infection
Vaccinate against Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
Snuffles,is mainly caused by Feline Herpes Virus and Calicivirus, and can be complicated by a secondary bacterial infection.Snuffles is an upper respiratory tract infection and if not treated can go into a pneumonia.The viral infection is highly contagious and can easily be transmitted through direct contact between kittens/cats and sharing food/water bowls.Kittens/cats will have a serous/mucoid nasal and eye discharge,sneezing and have difficulty eating due to ulcers in the mouth.Treatment will be symptomatic as well as supportive and depends on the kitten/cats immune system to eliminate the virus.
Snuffles, or Feline Herpes Virus ia an cute upper respiratory tract infections in Kittens – look out for these symptoms
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Conjunctivitis, discharge from the eyes and nose, sneezing, salivation,
- Lethargy, inappetence and fever
- Any infected cat should be isolated if possible
- There is no cure for Snuffles
Vaccinate against Snuffles!
PLEASE CONSULT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY IF YOU KITTEN SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS!