There are a number of infectious diseases that can affect your kitten’s health. Although treatment is possible it is much better to prevent these diseases by vaccination.
Very young kittens will have some protection provided by their mother’s milk. Unfortunately, this protection will start to decline from 6-8 weeks of age and your kitten will become susceptible to infection. We therefore recommend that we give your kitten its first health check and vaccination at 9 weeks old. This is a good time to examine your new kitten and ensure that it is healthy. We can also answer any questions you may have about feeding, worming and so on.
The second kitten vaccination is given at 12 weeks of age. By this time your kitten will have made itself at home with you and be getting into all sorts of mischief!
In most cases it takes about one week for full immunity to develop following the second injection.
Annual booster injections are needed throughout your cat’s life to maintain adequate protection from these diseases. Each time we vaccinate your cat, we always give a complete health check aimed at helping your cat stay healthy at all stages of its life.
Cat Flu is a highly infectious upper respiratory disease that is spread through cat to cat contact and sneezing. Cat flu can be fatal in very young kittens or elderly cats. Viruses and bacteria are involved in the cat flu syndrome and all produce similar symptoms such as runny nose, runny eyes, high temperatures and extreme lethargy. Once infected, a cat may become a chronic carrier and can have repeated bouts of symptoms periodically throughout their life.
Vaccination can help reduce the severity of disease in chronic carriers.
Infectious Enteritis is a contagious viral infection that is often fatal. Infectious enteritis affects the bone marrow, leading to immunosuppression and damages the lining of the gut, leading to severe diarrhoea.
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
FeLV is transmitted by cat to cat contact such as grooming or fighting. The disease can take months to develop after infection but will eventually suppress the immune system leading to secondary infections, tumours and death. There is no specific treatment and vaccination is the only effective method of preventing disease.
This is a common cause of conjunctivitis in young cats and multi-cat households. Treatment is possible but it is necessary to treat all the cats within the household.