Vaccines are an essential part of pet care that helps to prevent the contraction and spread of contagious disease. When your new kitten receives their primary vaccinations, their immune system is strengthened against several different nasty viruses. The great news is that if you join the Pet Health Plan, your pet will receive all for their vaccinations for FREE.
What do we vaccinate against?
In kittens, we vaccinate against cat flu, cat enteritis and feline leukemia.
Your vet and nurse will advise you on this.
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Annual Health Checks and Vaccinations
At Just Cats we believe that annual health checks are so important for the overall health and wellbeing of your animal. We love keeping the lines of communication open between ourselves and our clients. We truly believe this is an invaluable way of helping keep your feline friend as healthy as possible. The annual health check gives vets the opportunity to chat with cat owners about how they feel their cat is doing and if they have any concerns. The vet will do a full clinical examination during this check-up. This includes checking their heart, lungs, eyes, ears, teeth and oral hygiene, weight, flea, and worm status. If there are no concerns over the health of your cat the vet will then give your cat their annual vaccination if warranted.
It is important to vaccinate your cats against certain common infectious diseases in order to provide protection against serious or life-threatening illnesses. We use vaccines that will help protect your cat against the following;
Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV): This is also known as feline parvovirus. It causes severe gastroenteritis if contracted and has a high mortality rate.
FPV is spread through the faecal-oral route and also through things such as bedding, unwashed hands, clothing, floors etc. it can last in the environment for many years and is resistant to many disinfectants. Once a cat has become infected, they can excrete the virus for at least six weeks afterwards.
Feline Herpesvirus (FHV) and Feline Calicivirus (FCV): Both of these viruses cause upper respiratory problems and are viruses that give rise to what we commonly call ‘cat flu’. These viruses are spread through saliva, discharge from the eyes and the nose and fomites such as food bowls and litter trays. FHV only lasts in the environment for 1-2 days but once contracted, cats can become lifelong carriers of this virus and it may reappear in times of stress or illness. FCV can last in the environment for up to one month.
Feline Leukaemia Virus (feLV): This virus affects cats all over the world and can cause tumours, immunosuppression, and anaemia. Some cats can eliminate this virus soon after exposure, but this is rare. Most cats will be eternally infected once they have been exposed to it. There is no treatment to eliminate this virus. This virus is spread through milk, faeces, urine, and saliva. It lasts very little time in the environment.