Cat vaccinations are one of the key ways that pet owners can help their cat to live a long and happy life. While some people may worry about how much cat vaccinations cost, the reality is that vaccinations are affordable, quick to administer and could potentially save you thousands of dollars in vet bills down the track.
When should cat vaccinations occur?
For maximum effect, cat vaccinations should be administered while the cat is still quite young. When a kitten is first born it retains some maternal antibodies, helping the immune system to protect the kitten from disease. However, over time these antibodies fade, leaving your cat vulnerable to a range of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. As a result, most breeders will arrange for kittens to have their first dose of vaccinations before they travel to their new homes (when the cat is 6-8 weeks old). But these cat vaccinations will then require multiple booster shots. So, while your new pet may arrive with his vaccinations up to date, there’s still more that needs to be done.
That’s why we recommend booking in for an initial health check-up with one of our experienced team members. They’ll then be able to advise you on which vaccinations still need to occur and when these should happen (typically at 3-4 week intervals until the cat is around 16 weeks old). Any additional vaccinations for your cat can then be completed as part of their annual health assessment (thereby minimising the cat vaccination cost, since you don’t need to book a separate appointment).