What are the vaccination requirements for kittens?
Infectious diseases such as Feline Infectious Enteritis (panleucopenia), Feline Calicivirus (FCV) and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) have been a significant cause of illness in cats. Once your kitten has had all her shots, you'll know that she will have the best possible protection. Remember, kittens should not be permitted to come into contact with stray cats until they have completed their course of vaccinations.
When should I vaccinate?
Generally, vaccination is done at the age of 6 to 8 weeks followed by 2-3 boosters at 2-3 weeks gap. These booster injections help maintain her immunity, and also provide a good opportunity for your veterinarian to carry out a full health check. Some vaccines can differ, so it’s best to check the exact requirements and schedule with your vet. If you’re picking up your kitten from a breeder or rescue organisation, ask for a copy of her medical history – she might have had most of the shots she needs.
Wait for her immunity to kick in
It is safer to keep your kitten indoors until her vaccinations have taken effect. It takes up to a fortnight after vaccination for your kitten’s immunity to develop fully. During that time, make sure you keep her indoors.
Keep track of booster shots
Immunisation aside, it is still important for her to get a booster shot every year. Keep track and keep her vaccination documents in a safe place.