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Protect your cat from common diseases

We all like to get out and about more in spring – and your cat is no exception. Unfortunately, that means they’re more at risk of infection at this time of year.

Several common diseases can be very infectious and dangerous, but it’s easy to protect your cat with regular vaccinations at our vet practice, so why not get in touch to book an appointment?

Protect your cat now

Simon’s top cat vaccination tips

  • Avoid serious illnesses – Vaccination will defend your cat against cat flu, feline enteritis and feline leukaemia.
  • Get the timing right – Kittens are normally first vaccinated at 9 weeks old, then again at 12 weeks old.
  • Book annual boosters – Vaccinating your kitten doesn’t provide lifelong protection, so make sure you renew your cat’s treatment every year.
  • House cats need vaccinations too – Just because your cat doesn’t go out much, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Viruses can be picked up on your shoes and clothes anywhere in Hampshire and transferred to your home.

The most common cat diseases

Cat flu has similar symptoms to the human common cold, but can make felines very unwell and pose a serious risk to young kittens or elderly cats. It’s generally caused by viruses that can be treated with antibiotics.

Feline enteritis causes vomiting, diarrhoea and damage to the immune system, which in turn can lead to dehydration and secondary infection. This means it is often fatal, as there is no specific treatment available. When cats do survive, recovery is very slow and can require lengthy hospitalisation.

Feline leukaemia is a terrible viral disease that can lead to anaemia and cancer. If a cat is infected, it has approximately an 85% risk of death within three or four years of diagnosis.

Take action to keep your cat healthy

All these viruses are usually spread via direct contact, sneezing, group grooming, food bowls or litter trays – all of which are very difficult to avoid entirely, even if your pet is a house cat. Vaccination is therefore the best way to put your mind at rest.

If you have any concerns about vaccinating your cat, please don’t hesitate to ask our advice by calling us on 01264 352323. We have lots of experience with both diseases and vaccination practices, so can help make sure your cat is properly protected.

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