Cat Vaccinations

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/him at risk, but also all other cats in your area and even the wild cat population.

Maternally derived antibodies (MDA) can interfere with the vaccine efficacy which is why your kitten will require a series of a series of boosters. Vaccinations in kittens should commence between 6 – 8 weeks of age.

The kitten vaccination schedule in Australia is:

  • Core vaccines - F3 FVR (feline viral rhinotracheitis), FCV (feline calicivirus) and FPV (panleukopenia).
    • Primary: 1st shot 6-8 weeks
    • Primary: 2nd shot 10-12 weeks
    • Primary: 3rd shot 14-16 weeks
    • Booster: 12 months
    • Repeat booster: 12-36 depending on the risk factors
  • Non-core vaccines
    • Rabies: Primary: 8 -12 weeks
    • Booster: 12 months
    • Booster: 24 months
    • Repeat booster: 12-36 months depending on local laws
    • FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus)
      • Primary: 1st shot 8 weeks
      • Primary:2nd shot 10 weeks
      • Primary: 3rd shot 12 weeks
      • Booster: 12 months
      • Repeat booster:every 12 months for high risk cats
    • FeLV (Feline leukemia) – Requires two doses 3-4 weeks apart.
      • Primary: 1st shot 8 -12 weeks
      • Primary:2nd shot 12- 16 weeks
      • Booster: 12 months
      • Repeat booster:every 12 months for high risk cats
    • FIP (Feline Infectious peritonitis) – Requires two doses 3-4 weeks apart.
      • Primary: 1st shot 16 weeks
      • Primary:2nd shot 20 weeks
      • Booster: every 12 months for high risk cats
    • Chlamydophila felis – Requires two doses 2-4 weeks apart
      • Primary: 1st shot 9 weeks
      • Primary:2nd shot 13 weeks
      • Booster: every 12 months for high risk cats
    •  Bordetella - Bordetella can also be given intranasally with just a single dose as early as 4 weeks of age.
      • ‘Single intranasal dose at 4 weeks’
    • Primary: 1st shot 8-12 weeks
    • Primary:2nd shot 12-16 weeks
    • Booster: every 12 months for high risk cats

According to the Australian Veterinary Association, the core vaccines need to be administrated tri-annually. The best vaccination protocol for any cats with higher risk factors can be assessed by your veterinarian

For more information, view: https://www.wsava.org/Guidelines/Vaccination-Guidelines

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