During the first few weeks of their lives, kittens are protected against disease through antibodies from their mother’s milk. Gradually, their maternal immunity decreases and therefore the kittens are no longer protected.

We recommend that kittens have their first vaccination at 9 weeks old and the second one at 12 weeks old. We vaccinate kittens against cat flu and enteritis, with optional vaccinations also available feline leukaemia and chlamydia. These vaccinations provide immunity for 1 year and it is very important that your cat has a yearly booster vaccination to protect them throughout life. At the time of vaccination, the vet will also perform an examination of your pet - useful for picking up on any problems at an early stage – and we will use this opportunity to discuss additional aspects of preventative healthcare.

Are vaccines necessary?

There has been a fair amount of publicity surrounding the issue of vaccines recently, and some people have suggested that vaccines can be the cause of health problems and might not be needed anyway. Understandably, this has lead to owners questioning the need to vaccinate their pet.

Ribble Vets remain convinced that immunisation through vaccination saves many lives that would otherwise be lost to infectious diseases, and we therefore maintain that vaccinating your pet is the correct and responsible thing to do. In fact, we work hard to keep our vaccination prices are as low as possible, and we regularly review our vaccination policy to ensure it is as safe and effective as possible. We also vaccinate our own pets, which shows how much we believe in its importance.

Further impartial vaccination information is available from the NOAH website.