Cats We need to vaccinate your cat with an initial course to cover cat flu’s (Calicivirus, Herpes virus and Chlamydia), Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus) and the two AIDS viruses (Feline Leukaemia and Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV)).
This course consists of:
- 8 weeks or older – F6
- 2 weeks later – FIV
- 2 weeks after – F6
- Then a yearly dose of an F6
What are the Viruses?
Calicivirus and Herpes virus both cause similar symptoms with conjunctivitis, mouth ulceration, gingivitis, nasal discharge, fever and secondary bacterial infection all being common. A very common disease and all cats should be vaccinated for it.
Chlamydia causes many different diseases in various species but in cats it primarily causes a severe conjunctivitis.
This virus destroys bone marrow and gut cells resulting in the loss of immunity and a frequently fatal Diarrhoea. The vaccine is fantastic and now we rarely see cases of Panleukopenia.
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)
Felv is spread when cats have close contact, typically via fighting. It is estimated that 4% of cats in WA are infected. Infected cats die within 2 years, often through the development of malignant tumours.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
It is estimated that up to 20% of cats in WA are infected with FIV. Unlike in humans, FIV cats often can live for prolonged periods with infection but are predisposed to infections by other organisms.
After Vaccination Care
Side effects are rare (less than 2%) and common side effects are usually short term:
- Pain on injection
Vomiting and/or Diarrhoea
These are all unusual, tend to be short lived and rarely require treatment.
- Cats have been domesticated for around 4,000years.
There is only 48 recognised cat breeds in Australia.
- Cats can see up to 6 times better than humans.
- They have 32 muscles in their ears!
- The ear also has the job of maintaining balance and the ability to right themselves when falling – which is where the phrase ‘Cats always land on their feed” came from.
- Cats can travel speeds up to 30km per hour.
The largest breed of cat is a Maine Coon. Males can weigh up to 12kgs!
- The longest lived cat died at the age of 38!
- Did you know that cats actually sweat through their paws!
Cats can’t taste sweet things.
The SMALLEST cat in the world is 7.5inches long and the LARGEST cat in the world in 42 inches long!