At Townsend Veterinary Clinic we follow modern guidelines on vaccination (such as the WSAVA and AAFP guidelines) and make vaccination recommendations based on many factors, including the age and lifestyle of your cat. During the consultation, we will create an individual vaccination protocol for your cat. In certain circumstances, this may include the option to have their immunity tested (titre testing) prior to giving the next scheduled vaccination.
The core vaccines for cats are feline parvovirus, feline calicivirus and feline herpesvirus. This vaccine is known as an F3.
Noncore vaccines for cats are feline leukaemia virus (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and Chlamydophila felis. These vaccines are not routinely recommended.
As with human babies and toddlers, the vaccination schedule for puppies and kittens is strict, as this is when they are most vulnerable to serious disease. However, as pets age, we have more flexibility with vaccination. Current guidelines recommend starting the vaccination regime beginning as early as 6 weeks of age, and administering sequential doses at an interval of 3-4 weeks until at least 16-20 weeks of age.
Practically speaking, vaccinating with an F3 vaccine at approximately 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age will provide strong protection against serious diseases.
A booster is given 12 months after finishing the initial kitten course. From there, we will create a tailored regime for your cat. For cats who live indoors only, and who do not go to a cattery (e.g. for boarding while you are on holiday), less frequent vaccinations may be appropriate (for example, every three years). Cats that are outdoors or regularly going to a cattery should be vaccinated more frequently. For cats going into boarding (or another high exposure/stressful situation), a booster 7-10 days prior may be warranted, particularly if the cat has not been vaccinated in the preceding year.
As always, we will suggest an individualised program for your cat taking into account all relevant factors. Regardless of how often your pet needs to be vaccinated, we strongly recommend an annual health check.
We provide a free reminder service for vaccinations and annual health checks to ensure your pet stays as healthy as possible.