To vaccinate your cat is to protect him from contagious diseases that seriously affect his health and can even cause his death.
When should you vaccinate your cat?
Vaccination of the cat occurs when it is no longer protected by the antibodies of his mother, that is to say at two months.
The cat should receive his first injection at this age, and the second one month later.
Then, be aware that an annual reminder is essential to effectively protect it from many diseases.
In addition, the cat's immune defenses decline with age.
Do not neglect his vaccines even if he is old.
The diseases against which to vaccinate your cat:
- The leucosis (Feline leukaemia virus or Felv):
Often called "AIDS of the cat", this contagious disease, due to a virus, corresponds more to leukemia of viral origin.
Vaccination of the cat It can also be caught by all the natural ways: blood, sexual way, saliva, urine, tears ...
but is in no way transmissible to man.
The leucosis is manifested by a loss of weight of your cat, anemia, the appearance of ganglia and sometimes kidney tumors.
Screening and vaccination against this disease are therefore essential.
- Typhus (infectious panleukopenia):
this disease is very contagious and often leads to death, especially in kittens.
It is characterized by high fever, diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration.
It is not transmissible to humans or other animals.
The virus responsible for this disease is very resistant and does not react effectively to drugs; vaccination is therefore the best weapon against typhus.
- The coryza (feline viral rhinotracheitis):
this disease affects the entire respiratory tract of the cat.
It is rarely fatal but is very disabling for the animal.
It results in fever, runny nose, mouth ulcers, infectious conjunctivitis and a lack of appetite.
If the cat is not treated in time, it can weaken very quickly and die.
To avoid any risk of contamination, vaccinate and remember reminders.
- Chlamydiosis (Chlamydophila felis)
it results in conjunctivitis resulting in redness and itching.
Know that if your cat is affected by chlamydia, it is rarely possible to treat it permanently.
So your cat may seem cured but still be contagious.
This disease, however, is not fatal and especially affects cats who have lived in community.
So talk to your veterinarian about the usefulness of vaccination.
this disease is transmissible to humans and vaccination of your cat is mandatory if you stay in a campsite, if you place it in a pension, if you go to an exhibition or in the departments of the Moselle, Corsica and abroad.
Rabies vaccination involves only one injection when the kitten is 3 months old, unlike other diseases.
Know that if you want to keep your cat in a pension, all vaccinations mentioned above must be up to date.
In addition, annual reminders are very important because the protection gained from the first two injections gradually fades and the cat is no longer protected.
If he comes in contact with a contaminated cat, he will contract the disease.