Vaccinations For Cats & Kittens

Here at boarding kennels Nottingham we not only cater for all breeds of dogs but also have a totally separate cattery too.  Here cats can enjoy warm comfortable surroundings while you are on holiday. Before cats come in to the cattery, just like dogs they need to have vaccinations too. Not only for the safety of other cats in the cattery your cat will be kept safe and healthy by having vaccinations themselves. You never know what bacteria is floating around in the air.

Cat Flu

This is probably the most common virus around and can be classed as similar to flu that we catch. Also known as FVR, it causes sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, mouth ulceration, an inflamed throat and coughing. The symptoms can continue for sometime but although just like ourselves, not nice for your cat it is very rarely fatal.

Although a separate virus FCV is similar and is a severe form of the common cold.

Feline chlamydia

This can be mainly found in young cats or kittens and is passed on  by direct contact. The main symptom is conjunctivitis and possibly a discharge from the eyes with mild sneezing or a nasal discharge. One thing to keep in mind is that just like the vaccination against cat flu, protection does not necessarily stop infection completely but a really bad virus attack would be considerably lessened so your cat would suffer less.

Feline Panleukopenia

This is more commonly known as feline distemper or FELV for short, has no connection with distemper in dogs. This virus also known as can cause problems with the cats stomach and intestines and symptoms include diarrhoea, depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting, loss of skin elasticity due to dehydration, and self-biting in the tail, lower back and back legs. This is a very aggressive disease and could cause a fatal outcome within 24 hours, so it’s imperative that your cat is vaccinated against it whether it is coming into boarding kennels Nottingham or not.

Feline Enteritis

This very infectious virus known as FIE for short, can produce severe cases of gastroenteritis in cats. It is often fatal and initial symptoms are vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature and a reluctance to drink. It is a very fast acting virus with an infected cat suddenly stopping eating and can die within a few hours. It is essential that your young cat or kitten is vaccinated against this virus.

Rabies

Although vaccinations are available for this disease it is not needed in the UK. Only consider this vaccination if you regularly take your cat abroad with you.

When To Vaccinate

There is a triple vaccination available to cover FIE, FVR and FCV and a kitten would normally have the first of two injections at around 8-9 weeks old  with the second injection coming at around 12 weeks of age. Two injections are required 3-4 weeks apart. These 3 are compulsory but it is recommended that chlamydia and FELV should be protected against too. Booster’s should be given every year to keep your cat healthy and fully protected

To protect your cat fully and allow it to live a happy and healthy life make sure that you give your kitten vaccinations at the right time as well as yearly boosters. You can then be sure it is protected whether it is roaming around the back garden or in boarding kennels Nottingham.