Cats are prone to disease, just like humans so Cat Inoculations are very important for preventing all sorts of diseases. The four potentially fatal infectious diseases are: feline infectious enteritis, cat flu, feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). A course of inoculations is available to protect your cat against the first three infections. At present there is no inoculation for feline immunodeficiency virus. Your cat should have its first course of each when it is a kitten with annual boosters to maintain protection.
My kitten seems to have lost his appetite, although he appears to be happy in himself. What is wrong?
If your kitten has had all his inoculations, it may just be that he is off his food. However, kittens are prone to diseases and you should take him to the vet just to be safe.
I’ve heard that my cat is at risk from feline AIDS because he often fights with other cats. Is it possible for me to catch it from him?
Your cat may contract FIV through bites, but you cannot catch it from your cat — and he may never have symptoms.
My cat has become pregnant at the same time as her booster is due. What should I do?
A pregnant cat must be protected as she can pass diseases to unborn kittens. The vet will give her a safe vaccine.kitten acquires its mother’s immunity to diseases through her milk. But this immunity fades until at nine weeks the kitten will need an alternative form of protection. At this point you must take your kitten to the vet for a course of injections.
CAT HEALTH CHECK
If you acquire an older cat and are unsure of its inoculation history, take it to the vet straight away. A kitten or cat should never be let outside until it has received all its inoculations as it is at risk of catching potentially fatal diseases.
STAY THE COURSE
On your first visit to the vet your pet will be given an initial inoculation to prime its immune system, followed by a second course on your next visit to boost your pet’s system to full immunity. Annual boosters are vital to maintain the protection. If you miss one you will have to start the whole course again. Every time you visit the vet your record of vaccination is updated. Take this important document with you if you change vets. You must show it to a breeder and if you are boarding your cat, a cattery would want to see the record.
- Feline leukemia virus affects up to one in 20 seemingly healthy cats. About two-thirds of all cats are likely to come into contact with an infected cat.
- Feline infectious enteritis is a significant threat to all cats. It is highly contagious and can be carried on footwear and clothing.
- Cats that survive cat flu often become carriers for the disease and pass it to other unprotected cats.
- Even during severe illness, cats may not show any sign of being unwell, because they have. An instinct to hide illness and injury from predators. Watch out for changes in the behaviour and rhythm of your cat’s life.