Vaccinations help protect your kitten against serious illness and potentially fatal diseases. You should start your kitten’s vaccination program shortly after they’ve been weaned off their mother’s milk, and continue throughout their lifetime.
When should my kitten be vaccinated?
Your kitten’s vaccination schedule should begin almost immediately after being separated from their mother. Kittens’ immune systems are very susceptible to disease, which is the reason for the early intensive vaccination schedule.
Kitten vaccination schedule
- First kitten vaccination between 6-8 weeks old
- Second booster vaccination between 10-12 weeks old
- Final kitten vaccination between 14-16 weeks old
Your Greencross Vet will recommend an ongoing plan for vaccinating your cat, which may include a booster vaccination every one to three years to ensure long-term immunity against contagious diseases.
What vaccines do kittens need?
Vaccinations can help prevent serious illness by building up your kitten’s immunity to potentially fatal diseases. They can also help to prevent the spread of disease to other cats, and more rarely, humans.
The core vaccines all kittens in Australia must receive are feline herpes virus, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopaenia. Common non-core vaccinations include feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia and feline chlamydia.
What diseases can you catch from your cat?
It’s not common for humans to catch diseases from their cats, but it does happen. These types of diseases are referred to as zoonotic diseases. Small children, pregnant women, the elderly or sick are more susceptible to the transmission of disease from cats, due to their vulnerable immune systems. These zoonotic diseases include worms, ringworm, giardia, toxoplasmosis and cat scratch diseases.
Healthy tips for cat owners
You can reduce the risk of zoonotic disease by:
- Washing your hands frequently
- Cleaning out litter trays regularly
- Disposing of faeces in the tray quickly
- Washing your cat’s bed if it is soiled or dirty
- Isolating infected cats
- Wearing gloves when gardening
- Bathing and grooming your pet regularly
- Keeping your children’s hands clean after playing.
Kitten vaccinations are available to protect your pet against common but preventable diseases in our environment. Your kitten’s vaccination schedule should begin shortly after they’ve been weaned off its mother’s milk and continue throughout their adult life through to their senior cat years. Continuing to follow your Greencross Vet’s recommended vaccination schedule throughout your cat’s life will help ensure they live a long and healthy life.