Kittens and cats are at risk from a number of diseases that can result in permanent health damage or even death. However, vaccination and regular boosters can prevent these diseases.
In new born kittens, provided that the mother is immune, the antibodies in the mother's milk are usually sufficient to protect the kitten during the first few weeks of life. This form of immunity does not last very long, and when it decreases, vaccination becomes essential.
The first (primary) vaccination is usually given in two doses, the first dose from the age of 9 weeks and the about 3-4 weeks later. Your kitten will be fully covered one week after their second vaccination.
Yearly booster vaccinations are essential to maintain good immunity. Remember that your cat's visit to the veterinary surgery for an annual booster is also a good opportunity for a thorough examination and health check.
Until your kitten is vaccinated, it should:
- Not be allowed to mix with unvaccinated cats
- Not be allowed outdoors
Did you know, all routine vaccinations are covered under the Pet Health Club. Find out more here.