At Pet Vets Papatoetoe, we recommend that all pets need to be adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. We tailor our vaccination programme for an individual pet based on their risk assessment.
Infectious diseases of cats that we vaccinate against
It is very contagious, and the death rate is high, especially under 12 months of age. Symptoms are depression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea, often with blood and severe abdominal pain. Cats that do recover may continue to carry the virus for some time and infect other cats.
It is caused in 90% of cases by feline herpesvirus (feline rhinotracheitis) and/or feline calicivirus.
Feline respiratory disease affects cats of all ages, especially young kittens. It is highly contagious and causes sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and tongue ulcers. Recovered cats can continue to carry and spread the infection for long periods, and can show signs of the disease again if they become stressed.
Feline AIDS is a disease caused by infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and affects the cat’s immune system. This disease is not transmissible to humans.
FIV is almost always transmitted by bites from infected cats. As the disease progresses, symptoms may occur such as weight loss, sores in and around the mouth, eye lesions, poor coat and chronic infections. Eventually, the immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infections and diseases. As a result, the cat may die from one of these subsequent infections.
This vaccination can be started at six weeks of age and then repeated 3-4 weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks of age. After this, it is repeated in a year. Then it can be done yearly to three yearly based on cattery requirement and individual risk assessment.
This is recommended if your cat is going to spend time outdoors and there are several stray cats in your neighbourhood. In a kitten, it can be started at eight weeks of age and then repeated twice at 2-4 weeks interval. After that, it's done annually.