Cat Vaccinations in South Perth

Vaccinations are important to protect your cat from life-threatening diseases. At Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital, we offer core vaccinations for Feline Parvovirus, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Herpesvirus, alongside non-core vaccines for cats whose geographic location, local environment or lifestyle places them at risk of contracting specific infections, such as feline leukaemia virus.

Operating in Port Kennedy, our practice is also accessible to Rockingham and the southern Perth surrounds. Our friendly team of vets and support staff are always on hand to answer any of your questions about cat vaccinations and your cat’s health.

 

The Benefits of Cat Vaccinations

Cat vaccinations help protect your cat from the following diseases:

  • Feline Rhinotracheitis – respiratory infection of the nose and throat, characterised by fever, conjunctivitis, nasal discharge and sneezing.
  • Feline Calicivirus (cat flu) – viral infection causing flu-like symptoms, including sneezing, conjunctivitis, nasal and eye discharge, and fever.
  • Feline Panleukopenia – a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease. Symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting and/or loss of skin elasticity due to dehydration.

 

We also offer non-core kitten and cat vaccinations, such as:

  • Feline Leukaemia (FeLV) – a disease that impairs the immune system and causes cancer of the white blood cells. Symptoms include weight loss, abscesses, enlarged lymph nodes and persistent diarrhoea.
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – a disease that attacks the immune system leaving cats vulnerable to infection. Signs include loss of appetite, persistent diarrhoea and gum inflammation.

 

At Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital, we also offer cat and kitten wellness packages, including cat vaccinations to make your cat care easier and more cost effective.

 

Cat Vaccination Schedule

The core three vaccinations are usually given to your cat at 6 to 8 weeks old and then again once every 3 to 4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks or older. A booster vaccine should be administered approximately 12 months later and an annual health check [link to new consultation page] is strongly recommended, even if your cat is not to be vaccinated.

 

Common Cat Vaccination FAQs

 

1. Will vaccination always protect my cat?

Vaccination will protect the vast majority of cats but under some circumstances, vaccine breakdowns might occur. This might be because of variations between different strains of viruses or if your cat was not healthy at the time of vaccination. For this reason, our vet will give your cat a physical examination before a vaccination is given or if there is infection prior to vaccination.

 

2. What are the risks of vaccination?

Generally, the risks involved with vaccination are extremely low and the chance of severe reactions is very rare. However, if you do have any concerns, speak to one of our vets.

Please see here for more advice on caring for your cat.

To book your kitten or cat in for a vaccination or to speak to our friendly team at Port Kennedy Vets, contact us today on 08 9524 6644.