It’s a no-brainer, but your cat must be immunised to protect her from harmful, sometimes fatal, disease.
Immunising your cat
As most cats are adequately vaccinated against major infectious diseases, many feline diseases are relatively uncommon. But failing to immunise your cat not only puts her at risk, but also all other cats in your area and even the wild cat population.
All cats must be immunised against the ‘big three’ diseases:
- Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE), an often-fatal infection of the intestines, causing loss of appetite, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Feline Calcivirus (FCV), a severe virus causing ulcers.
- Feline Rhinotracheitis (FVR), which causes flu-like symptoms.
Together, these three vaccinations are commonly known as ‘flu and enteritis’.
Vaccination is also recommended against the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV), which affects the immune system and is usually fatal.
Vaccinations start at nine weeks, with a second vaccine follow up three to four weeks later. Yearly booster injections are necessary to ensure continuing immunity.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.