Essential Cat and Kitten Vaccinations
Essential vaccines guard against cats contracting life-threatening diseases that could be
transferred globally. According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, every
cat must receive essential vaccinations regardless of:
In Australia, the essential vaccines include:
● feline parvovirus
● feline calicivirus
● feline herpesvirus
There are also non-essential vaccinations. These depend on where your cat lives, their
environmental context and their lifestyle.
Non-essential Australian vaccines include:
● feline immunodeficiency virus
● feline leukaemia virus
● chlamydia felis
● bordetella bronchiseptica
Diseases The Vaccinations Will Protect Your Cats and Kittens Against
We recommend that all cats receive F3 vaccinations covering Cat Flu and Panleukopaenia.
Depending on the needs of your cat, our vets may recommend additional vaccinations for
added protection against diseases like Feline Aids.
Kitten Vaccination Schedule
Kittens should be vaccinated initially from 6 to 8 weeks old, then every 4 weeks until
they’re 16 weeks or older.
How Often Do Cats Need Vaccinations?
Have you ever wondered how long cat vaccinations last? We recommend cats receive annual boosters to ensure that immunity is maintained.
Cat Vaccination Side Effects
Some cat vaccination side effects are relatively common, like sensitivity or fever. These symptoms should resolve fairly quickly and without needing any follow up treatment. Other side effects are possible but quite rare. If your cat exhibits weakness, breathing
difficulties, vomiting, loss of appetite or diarrhea for up to two days post-vaccination,
bring them back in to the vet.
Contact Ascot Veterinary Hospital to enquire about cat vaccinations.