Vaccinations for Cats
Vaccinations are a very important part in keeping your cat safe and healthy, especially in Hong Kong where infectious disease in unvaccinated pets is common. Vaccination is very safe and side effects are extremely rare.
There are a number different vaccinations for cats. Different pets have different vaccination requirements, and not all vaccinations are required for all animals.
Vaccinations for cats include:
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 once a year for life. 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.