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What are cats vaccinated against

Cats can be vaccinated against a number of different diseases but the most common vaccines are against feline rhinotracheitis (FVR), feline herpesvirus (FHV), feline calicivirus (FCV) and feline panleukopenia (FPV). In the UK, cats are required to be vaccinated against rabies, which is a disease that can be fatal to a cat.

How often should my cat be vaccinated?

Your cat should be vaccinated against FVR and FCV every 3 years, and against FHV every year. Cats that are carriers of FHV can still be vaccinated against FHV (but not against FVR or FCV) and this vaccination is recommended every year.

If your cat is also a carrier of FPV, it should be vaccinated against this every year.

How much does it cost to vaccinate my cat?

The cost of vaccinating your cat depends on the age of the cat and the type of vaccine used.

All vaccines have a cost that is covered by the Vaccination Scheme. This scheme is available for all pet owners, whether you're a cat owner or not, and it takes the cost of vaccination away from your veterinary bill.

Rabies is the only disease that is not covered by the scheme and this costs around £25.00, but it is a preventable disease that can be fatal to your cat.

How long does my cat have to be vaccinated for?

The vaccines used in the UK and Europe are given subcutaneously, meaning that a special needle is used to inject the vaccine into your cat's body. This takes around a week.

If you need to vaccinate your cat against FVR, FCV and FHV, the vaccinations have to be given at least 6 weeks before the start of your cat's breeding season and at least 6 weeks before the cat goes to a new home.

What are the risks of vaccinating?

Cats are very resilient animals and experience very few side effects from vaccination. However, there is a very small risk of an allergic reaction to the vaccines, but this is very rare.

Always contact your vet for further advice if you are worried about vaccination side effects.

If you have any further questions about vaccination for your cat, please contact your vet.

All information provided on this page is the opinion of the College of Veterinary Surgeons and may not be used for veterinary advice.

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