Cat Vaccinations available in Adelaide
Kittens and Cats are advised to have the F3 vaccine AND the FIV vaccine annually. The F3 vaccination includes:
- Cat Parvo virus (Feline Panleukopenia virus)
- Rhinotrachitis virus (Herpes virus), (part of the Cat Flu complex)
- Feline Calicivirus (part of the Cat Flu complex)
The FIV vaccine (feline immunodeficiency virus) is also known as Feline AIDS.
The Chlamydia vaccination is not advised for kittens and cats not in
an intensive cattery or breeding type situation. Many or all kittens and
cats that come to us from the AWL (Animal Welfare League) will have
routinely had Chlamydia included in their first vaccination there. This
is usually discontinued once the kitten is in its new home.
The first kitten vaccination is given between 6 and 8 weeks of age and is an F3 vaccination.
The second kitten vaccination or immunisation is given at 12 weeks of age and also is an F3.
The first of the FIV vaccines is usually given also at 12 weeks of
age, as a separate injection. The second FIV vaccination can be given
between 2 and 4 weeks later, so most will have the second FIV needle at
14 weeks of age. Some will wait and give it after the last F3, if they
were unable to manage getting in at 14 weeks of age.
The third and last of the kitten F3 vaccinations sis given at 16
weeks of age, and the third and last FIV vaccination is also given at
Kittens must be confined indoors until 2 weeks after their last
injection. If the full course of F3 and FIV vaccinations is completed at
16 weeks of age, then the kitten can go out at 18 weeks of age.
If, due to a variety of reasons, the last vaccination is given later, say the last FIV was delayed until 20 weeks of age, then the kitten must not go outside until 22 weeks of age.