Saturday, 25 April 2020

V is for Vaccinations

Thank you to animal charity the RSPCA for this information:

Cat vaccinations help to protect your pets from severe infectious diseases. It also prevents them from passing anything nasty on to other animals in the area. Vaccinating your kitten is one of the most important things you should do in your first few weeks as a cat owner.

When should kittens be vaccinated?
To help protect kittens they'll need two sets of vaccinations to get them started. Kittens should have their first set of vaccinations at nine weeks old and at three months old they should receive the second set to boost their immune system. After this, kittens and cats usually need 'booster' vaccinations every twelve months.

Until your kitten is fully vaccinated (and neutered), you should keep him or her inside.

What diseases can vaccinations protect against?
Cats are commonly vaccinated against:
Cat flu (feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus)
Feline infectious enteritis
Feline leukaemia virus
Your vet can advise which vaccinations your cat or kitten will need to help protect them from infectious diseases.

Who can vaccinate my kitten?
When you get your kitten, one of the first things you should do is register them with a local vet who will be able to carry out the vaccinations your kitten needs.

How long are vaccinations effective for?
Some vaccines are given as booster injections every year. Your vet will provide you with a vaccination record which you will need to keep safe.

My sassy, grumpy cat Toffee is also taking part in the A to Z Challenge. Take a look here:

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If you are a cat lover - especially a lover of the grumpier members of the species, this is the book for you. Written by Toffee who, despite her name, is the least sweet cat you can imagine. The world according to Toffee exists to serve her and woe betide anyone who forgets it. Paperback on left, Kindle version on right.


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  1. Excellent advice. I also would add that cats are better off living inside and not let outside without supervision. I read all the time on our local Next Door web site people looking for their lost cat. So very sad and avoidable.

  2. I'd say even after vaccination keep your cats inside! Mine don't go out. They had their kitten shots, spaying or neutering, micro-chipping when we first got them. Some vets say they don't need more shots, and I don't have them done. I read one reason to have it done is "in case" a rabid animal gets in the house! Sorry, but a rabid animal is not going to get in my house!

  3. We've been giving our geriatric Jezebel a pass, but all three of our cats used to get the full treatment. ~nods~ Good information. Be well!

  4. This is needed and so important that many people just don’t do...I just shake my head.


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