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What does the F3 & FIV vaccination protect my cat against?

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Cat Flu

Just as we get flu, so can cats and just as easily! Cat flu is a highly contagious virus that can be contracted by cats of all ages.

Symptoms of Cat flu include:

  • Moderate fever
  • Loss of appetite, sneezing, eye and nasal discharges
  • coughing
  • Ulcers and blisters on the tongue
  • Mild to severe pneumonia

Kittens are particularly affected, but the disease can be dangerous in any unprotected cat, as effective treatment is limited. Even if a cat recovers, it can remain a carrier for life and continue too infect other cats as well as suffer from chronic sneezing and runny eyes. Vaccination is therefore tremendously important.

Feline Infectious Enteritis

This highly contagious virus is so resistant that it can survive outside up to a year outside a cat’s body! Therefore, as most cats will be exposed to it during their lifetime vaccination against this potentially fatal disease is absolutely essential.

Symptoms of Enteritis

  • Listlessness
  • Diarrohea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe dehydration
  • Fever

Happily, the vaccine itself is very effective at preventing the disease.

Feline AIDS (FIV)

Feline AIDS (FIV) is transmitted in cats by deep bite wounds and scratches. Therefore, outdoor cats which fight with other cats are at higher risk of contracting FIV.

Cats infected with FIV may remain healthy for a number of years. While some infected cats show no signs of the disease, others may become unwell and suffer from constant infections among other symptoms. As the disease progresses the immune system becomes too weak to fight off infections. As a result the cat will die of theses infections. However, FIV can easily be prevented through a course of vaccinations

Why should I vaccinate my kitten or cat?

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New born kittens are usually protected from disease for the first few weeks of life by their mother’s milk, but this is only short term, and by about seven weeks of age this immunity provided by the mother starts to wear off, leaving kitten un-protected against life-threatening diseases unless they are vaccinated.

Kittens need to have a course of ONE TO THREE or FOUR vaccinations to be protected against disease depending on whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat. It is important that your kitten stays indoors until they have had the full course of vaccinations.

Recommended vaccination program:

INDOOR cats only need the F3 Vaccination program

OUTDOOR cats need both the F3 & FIV vaccination programs

6-8wks                    F3 Vaccine (Cat Flu 2 types, Feline enteritis) 

12wks                      F3 vaccine & FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)

16wks                      F3 & FIV vaccine

20wks                     FIV vaccine

Annual boosters F3 & FIV vaccines required to maintain immunity