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Cats - Vaccinations

1st vac - F4 at 8-10  weeks old
2nd vac - F4 at 12-14 weeks old 
Then yearly boosters for life.
F4 = Calicivirus, Herpes virus, Chlamydia (all contribute to causing cat flu) and Feline enteritis virus (causes gastro intestinal signs)

  • Calicivirus and Herpes Virus are two of the main causes of cat flu in cats. They are both highly contagious. A cat that is affected by Calicivirus can shed the virus for the rest of their lives. A cat affected by Herpes virus, can have recurring bouts of it through out their lives, especially during periods of stress.
  • Chlamydia is one of the bacteria that can contribute to cat flu.
  • Feline Enteritis Virus can cause signs of vomiting and diarrhoea. 
  • There are also some optional vaccinations.

 

  FIV (Feline immunodeficiency Virus)

  • This is a vaccination that is now available for cats. It requires a booster course of three injections at least 2 weeks apart. 
  • FIV can make animals more susceptible to infections. Which can present as gingivitis.
  • This virus is mainly spread by fighting with other cats. So outdoor cats, and cats that get into fights frequently are at a much higher risk of contracting this disease.

 

Feline Leukaemia Virus:

  • Is a virus that can cause cancer and also supress their immune sytem.
  • it is often spread by close contact with other cats as the virus is spread via saliva.  It can therefore be spread by grooming and sharing water and food bowls within a house. It can also be spread by biting.
  • Cats will often show signs of recurring or persistent infections like abscesses, mouth infections, respiratory disease, diarrhoea and poor apetite.
  • cats may first be diagnosed by observation of tumours.
  • Treatment: 
  • treatment is only supportive. there is no treatment for the virus.
  • vaccination is the best precaution, especially in multi cat households and especially where you have outdoor cats.
  • To determine if you cat has this virus, you need to have a blood test done.
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