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Vaccinations in Cats

Our policy is that prevention is better than cure, and as such we recommend routine vaccination for all pets where possible. We aim to use the minimum vaccination needed whilst providing the maximum cover. We regularly review our protocols as new vaccines are developed or when more information becomes available as research is carried out.

When can we start our kitten's vaccinations?

We routinely recommend vaccinating your kitten with a full primary course from 9 weeks old. This consists of 2 injections, 3 weeks apart (often at 9 and 12 weeks of age), which cover a number of diseases: Feline herpes virus ( cat flu), feline infectious enteritis and feline leukaemia virus. It is important that your kitten is healthy and happy , so our vets will give your kitten a full healthcheck before starting the vaccination course. We do not routinely vaccinate for chlamydia, although this can be arranged, please discuss this with our vets.

Do I need to have annual vaccinations for my cat?

Yes! The primary vaccination course doesn't give your kitten lifelong protection. A full booster is required after 12 months and we then recommend annual vaccinations and healthchecks for your cat. If your cat has previously received a vaccination at Moor Cottage, we will send you a vaccination reminder but it is your responsibility, as the owner, to ensure that your pet is fully vaccinated at all times. If your cat is to stay in a cattery, they will require a certificate of vaccination to show your cat has an up to date vaccination history, which we will issue at vaccination.

I am rehoming a cat, but I don't know if they are vaccinated. What should I do?

Before introducing a cat into your household, we recommend blood testing for feline leukaemia virus to protect your existing cats from possible infection. If the cat is negative, we would then recommend a full vaccination course, with 2 injections 3-4 weeks apart.

Should my cat be vaccinated against Rabies?

The UK is still a rabies-free country. If you are planning to travel with your cat abroad, they will need rabies vaccinations in line with the PETS passport scheme and you will need to check the regulations of the country which you are planning on travelling to. We can help you with finding out what your pet needs, or you can visit the DEFRA website, which has current recommendations and information on travelling with your pet. Go to www.defra.gov.uk and visit the 'travelling with your pets' section.