We recommend that vaccinations are started whilst kittens are young as they only have a small amount of protection from their mothers, which fades away at a young age.
We routinely start cat vaccinations from 9 weeks of age, with the second injection 3-4 weeks later to complete the course.
*A £25 out of hour voucher is now being issued whenever a pet comes for an annual vaccination. A voucher is issued for each pet and is valid for 12 months.*
Kittens are then fully protected 10-14 days later, and are able to venture outside after this time.
It is very important to complete the course because otherwise maximum protection against diseases will not be achieved.
Annual boosters are required to maintain immunity.
Included with our kitten vaccination course is a free flea and worming treatment to get you started on the right track, and also a 10% neutering discount voucher (valid for 12 months).
We encourage that kittens are neutered and microchipped BEFORE being allowed outside, as they tend to go on adventures whilst exploring their new environments and it helps to ensure that we cut down on lost pets, and unwanted litters.
Our cat vaccination course protects against:
- Cat flu (Feline Herpesvirus & Feline Calicivirus)
- Enteritis (Feline Panleucopaenia Virus)
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
- Feline Chlamydia
We recommend that all cats are vaccinated, even indoor cats as they are still susceptible to illness and disease.
Spread the cost of essential healthcare for your cat with Woodward's Loyalty Discount Plan
Our Woodward Loyalty plan offers the best value way to vaccinate your pet to ensure they have the preventative health protection they need over the course of their lifetime. Being a member allows you the opportunity to spread the cost over 12 months whilst also receiving discounts on other services at Woodward Veterinary Practice.
If you would like further information on vaccination programmes for your pet, or our Pet Health Club, please contact us.
Cat Vaccinations FAQ
Vaccinations for cats - why do they need them
Cat vaccinations are essential for providing your cat with adequate protection from debilitating and life-threatening diseases; there is the option of Titre testing, which involves blood samples to determine your cats immunity. Unfortunately, this is not always 100% reliable and can be costly to perform. Cats also staying in boarding or cattery facilities are often required to be vaccinated if you are planning on going away on holiday.
If your cat isn't vaccinated, what kind of problems can occur?
Deciding not to vaccinate your cat runs the risk of them contracting various harmful diseases. It is also important to remember that many sites will not accept unvaccinated animals if you wish to take your cat with you on a trip or need it to stay in boarding facilities or catteries. A simple yearly vaccination course can help to protect your cat so they can live a happy and healthy life.
I have heard that vaccines are risky and to avoid them – is that true?
Any veterinary procedure that is performed can carry some sort of risk, however, in the case of vaccinations, it is important to remember that for the majority of pets the benefits of being vaccinated greatly outweigh the risks. Vaccination reactions are rare and where they do occur, they are mostly short-term and mild. Reactions of this nature show that the vaccine is effectively stimulating the immune system. The team at Woodward Veterinary Practice are always happy to talk to you about the benefits and risks associated with vaccinating your cat to help identify the most suitable strategy as part of their wider preventative healthcare programme.
Should an older cat still be vaccinated?
As long as your cat is fit and healthy, we would always recommend vaccinations for your cat as protection from harmful diseases is provided by these vaccinations.
Why does my cat need to have vaccinations every 12 months?
Depending on the disease that your cat is being vaccinated against, the period of time that they are protected will differ. Certain diseases, such as flu in cats only carry around 12 months protection, which is why a yearly booster is recommended. Even though your cat might be being vaccinated every 12 months, it is not always against the same diseases – your vaccination card will show you which diseases they are getting boosters for each visit. Visiting us every 12 months for vaccinations also means your pet gets a full annual health check, which is equally important!
Does my cat need to be vaccinated if they live inside?
Indoor cats still require vaccines, but this may be a reduced course that only includes cat flu and enteritis. Nevertheless, many cat owners with indoor cats still administer a full vaccination course to their cats yearly in case they plan on going on an adventure!
I don't know if my cat has been vaccinated in the past - how can I find out?
There is no way to tell if a cat has been vaccinated physically; however, if your cat has a vaccination card, previous vet records, or microchip details, our team can look into your cat's history where possible.
With the current COVID restrictions, are you accepting appointments for vaccinations?
We are continuing to offer a full range of services for our patients, whilst adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines. To find out about our practice updates during COVID, please click here for more information.