IS YOUR cat VACCINATED?
Vaccinating your cat
Regular vaccination is important for cats of all ages. Vaccinations are intended to prevent infectious diseases or make the symptoms of the disease less severe after infection. Infectious diseases can be transmitted in different ways:
- Directly through an infected animal (sniffing, licking, biting)
- Through the air (coughing, sneezing)
- Through the environment (water, floor, handles)
- Through people (hands, clothing)
This means it is advisable to vaccinate all cats; also the ones that do not go outside and/or have little to no contact with other cats. However, the time between vaccinations may vary.
To maintain the protection of the vaccinations, they should be repeated annually. Cats are vaccinated against Feline Distemper and Sneezing Disease as standard. The vaccine against Sneezing Disease is given annually (depending on living conditions), the vaccine against Feline Distemper is given every 3 years. Only for kittens a different schedule applies.
If your cat is going abroad with you, he/she must have a valid Rabies vaccination. This vaccine must be repeated after one year and is afterwards valid for three years. The vaccine can be administered from the age of 3 months.
Some cat boarding houses have strict requirements for your cat’s vaccination status. Therefore, always check in advance whether your cat has had all vaccinations required by your boarding house.
Vaccination schedule kitten
|8-9 weeks||Sneezing disease + Cats disease|
(only needed with “multi-cat households” (>4 cats/households) or unknown history of the kitten)
|12 weeks||Sneezing disease + Cats disease|
|16 weeks||Sneezing disease + Cats disease|
Vaccination schedule adult cat
|1 year||Sneezing disease + Cats disease|
|2 year||Sneezing disease (only for cats in contact with other cats)|
|3 year||Sneezing disease (only for cats in contact with other cats)|
|4 year||Sneezing disease + Cats disease|
Vaccinations tailored to your pets needs!
We believe it is important not to just vaccinate your pet, but to make an informed choice to do so. This is called tailor-made vaccinations. Recently, new insights about vaccinating animals have been developed.
The vaccination policy in companion animals has been extensively reviewed by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association). In the Netherlands, a consensus on this subject has been written under the direction of veterinary virologist dr. Herman Egberink. We follow the guidelines of this vaccination policy at our clinics. This means that we will consider per animal whether to follow the above schedule and, if so, against which diseases to protect the animal.
Depending on your cat’s living conditions, the vaccination schedule may vary slightly from the previously described schedule for the reasons described above. In consultation, we will make an informed choice for your cat.