Vaccination is one of the most important medical disease preventions for your cat. Safe, effective and simple, vaccination is recommended for all kittens and cats.
F3 (FVRCP) Vaccination
This is the most important vaccination for cats, and covers three common but preventable diseases – Feline Panleukopaenia (Feline Parvovirus), Feline Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus (forms of ‘Cat Flu’).
All cats should be vaccinated, usually starting at 8 weeks of age, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then either once yearly, or once every three years for life, depending on the recommendations of your veterinarian.
F3 (FVRCP) is the only vaccination that is necessary for all cats in Hong Kong.
Feline Leukaemia Vaccination
Feline Leukaemia is a slow, debilitating disease that damages the immune system and is often fatal. It is not treatable, but a very effective vaccination is available.
Feline Leukaemia virus is spread by bite wounds and fighting with infected cats.
Vaccination is optional as feline leukaemia is rare in Hong Kong, and is usually only necessary in cats that will be playing or mixing with other cats – such as those who go outdoors or go to cat shows.
Feline Leukaemia is common overseas, and is important for cats who are travelling internationally.
Rabies is not present in Hong Kong and vaccination is not required for most cats.
However, Rabies vaccinations are necessary for cats travelling overseas – requirements vary from country to country so please call us to discuss if you are planning on travelling with your cat.
Heartworm is mainly a disease in dogs, although in very rare circumstances cats can develop heartworm. As infection is extremely unlikely, heartworm preventative medication is generally not recommended for cats.