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One of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that they are vaccinated against common and serious feline infectious diseases. Your cat's mother gave her kitten immunity from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her milk. After that period it's up to you and with the help and advice of Springlands Vet Centre staff to provide that protection.
Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or "killed" viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your cat's immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins or antibodies to protect against disease.
Your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness or death. Such diseases include feline panleucopaenia, herpesvirus and feline calicivirus.
Generally, the immunity that a kitten has at birth only lasts for a few weeks so it is then time to begin their vaccinations. The vaccination course is given in two doses, the first dose is given between 8-10 weeks of age and the second vaccination must be given 3-4 weeks later.
Thereafter, your cat will require annual 'booster' vaccinations for the rest of their life to maintain protection.