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 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.