Welcoming a new kitten into your home is an exciting time. And there are lots of new experiences for you to both enjoy. As part of your kitty proof checklist, you’ll want to know all about kitten vaccinations. Kitten vaccinations will help keep your kittes healthy and protect them from a host of diseases like Cat flu. So, if you’re a new cat owner trying to navigate the intimidating world of kitten care, read on to understand what you need to do to keep your kitty safe and healthy.
Why Vaccinate Your Kitten?
When kittens are born, their immune systems are not fully developed and they’re vulnerable to disease. Whilst newborns are developing their own immune system, their mothers pass on some protection. Nursing provides kittens with antibody-rich milk called colostrum. These maternal antibodies deliver kittens with temporary immunity against illness.
The protection gradually falls, meaning our adorable cats need to have their kitten vaccinations to stay healthy and to protect them from catching and passing on diseases.
What kitten vaccinations do they need?
All kitties need certain core vaccines, which provide immunity against the most harmful and common diseases. Your kitten must have these core vaccines to protect against the following diseases:
- Cat flu – similar symptoms to our version but this can be fatal for cats.
- Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) – An often-fatal viral infection, which causes extreme diarrhoea and vomiting.
- Feline leukaemia (for outdoor kitties)