Getting my kitten vaccinated by a Richmond vetBy Sam Weeks | July 8, 2021
It’s exciting getting your very first kitten! But with the fun that comes with a new kitten also comes a lot of responsibility.
A kitten is just like a human baby, and so deserves the best start at life and a chance to thrive and stay healthy. A major part of keeping your kitten healthy as she grows is getting her vaccinated. But for first time cat owners, vaccinations can be murky territory. What vaccinations does my new cat need? How frequently do I need to get her vaccinated? Can my unvaccinated kitten make my other pets sick?
Our Richmond vets will take the stress out of making appointments with your local vet and taking your cat to get vaccinated by bringing the veterinary clinic to your home. No more struggling to get your kitten into a carrier, driving to a vet clinic with your distressed kitten every few weeks. Get in touch with our licensed vets today at 1300 101 434, or download our app from your relevant mobile app store and register your pet’s details. Choose the time and date that best suits you and your chosen vet will be at your doorstep to vaccinate your newest kitten!
What are vaccines?
A vaccine is a substance that is introduced into the body to help it produce antibodies and develop immunity against many diseases. A vaccine works by exposing your cat’s immune system to an infectious agent that has been deactivated. The white blood cells in the body then work to fight against the foreign particles. The white blood cells then produce antibodies to detect cells that may have been infected with the disease and work towards eliminating them from the body.
After it has been exposed to a virus once, the body remembers how to fight it and will use the same formula to neutralise the disease agent if your pet ever comes into contact with the virus or disease causing agent again.
Why should I get my kitten vaccinated?
It is imperative to get your young kitten vaccinated. When kittens are born, their immune systems are not yet fully developed. They are at risk of contracting several diseases which can often be fatal. They get their first antibodies from their mother’s milk, but the immunity these antibodies provide is temporary and can fade in under 18 weeks once the kitten is weaned off. To give your kitten longer and more efficient protection, it is vital to get her vaccinated.
How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?
The type and frequency of vaccines administered to your kitten will depend upon her age, species and your location of residence. Typically, the first vaccine is administered at around 6-8 weeks once the kitten has successfully been weaned off her mother’s milk. The second booster shot is given around 10-12 weeks, with the third and final booster at 14-16 weeks. After this, your cat will need a booster shot once a year to keep her healthy and protected.
What type of vaccine should my kitten get?
The core vaccines that all cats and kittens in Australia must get are together known as the F3: feline herpes virus, feline calicivirus and feline parvovirus. In addition to these, there are two optional extras: FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and feline chlamydia. All of these diseases can be fatal without the right protection.
Is it safe for my unvaccinated kitten to be around my other pets?
The simple answer is no. Even if your other pets are vaccinated. This is because vaccinated animals can often be carriers of diseases without showing any symptoms, which they may then transmit to an unvaccinated pet.
How do I book my vaccination appointment?
Once you’ve decided to get your new kitten vaccinated, it’s time to find the right vet to go to. But taking any pet to a veterinary clinic can be stressful, both for you and your pet. Cats, especially, are creatures of habit and do not respond well to changes in their environment. And with a cat that is unvaccinated, stress can further compromise its immune system, making it more susceptible to diseases. Add to that the inconvenience of having to take time off work, booking an appointment and driving down to the clinic, vet visits can be a hassle for all involved.
Fortunately, now there’s an alternative. With Vets on Call, all you need to do is give us a call at 1300 101 434 or download our app and register your pet’s details. Choose a date and time that is convenient for you and a vet of your choice will arrive at your doorstep to vaccinate your kitten. We have a number of vets available to cater to your needs in many areas around Victoria, including Richmond, Brunswick, Cranbourne and many regional areas who can be reached even in cases of emergencies.