Vaccinations are important to help build up your cats
anti bodies for their immune system. They enable your cats
immune system to recognise a disease and fight against it.
The main vaccines are for Cat infectious enteritis,
Cat calcivirus and Cat rhinotracheitis. If these
vaccines are not administered, your cat may die prematurely.
How Vaccines Work
Vaccines work by injecting an inert form of the disease
into your cat, so that your cats immune system can recognise
the disease and fight it of before it takes control.
Having your Kitten Vaccinated
If your cat has been vaccinated then the milk she passes
on to her kittens will help vaccinate them as they don't
normally receive vaccinations for the first nine months.
Only if your kitten is an orphan or not had its mothers milk
may your vet suggest getting him or her vaccinated. If your
kitten has had the benefit of their mothers milk, after
about nine months they will most likely need vaccinating as
the immunity from the mothers milk runs out. After this time
they will need boosters every year.
This is done in two steps, your kitten will receive
their first vaccination shoot that is half the strength.
This is to help gradually build up their immune system for
the full vaccine given after around 2 weeks of the first.
The second vaccine brings your cats immune system up to the
rite level for what it protects against. However it can take
between 7 and 14 days after the vaccination is given for it
to be effective. If your kitten is undergoing its first and
second vaccinations, it may be a good idea to keep him or
her away form other cats for the 7 to 14 days to be on the
safe side. Once vaccinated, a booster shoot is to be given
every year to help keep your cats immune levels were they
are most effective. Keeping your cats vaccinations up to
date is very important as they will come in to contact with
other cats when out and about. These other cats may not be
vaccinated so it is important to make sure your cat is, so
they don't catch something and become very ill.
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