Adult Cats

“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house, to coming home” Pam Brown

Cats are classified as adults from 12 months of age.

For adult cats, we recommend a yearly visit to us at Johnston Street Veterinary Clinic.

This is to perform a health check and a F3 vaccination. Pets age rapidly and a yearly vaccination coinciding with an examination by one of our veterinarians, allows us to ensure the optimal health and wellbeing of your cat.

At Johnston Street Veterinary Clinic we have researched the best options and quality for your pet. We recommend an F3 vaccination as the yearly standard vaccine for adult cats. There are multiple other vaccines available which protect against other diseases. However, with our research and in accordance to the World Veterinary Association, an F3 provides sufficient immunity against “Cat Flu” as it is commonly called or Feline Enteritis (Panleucopenia), Feline Respiratory Disease (Feline Rhinotracheitis and or Feline Calicivirus).

What does a F3 vaccine protect my cat from?

Feline Enteritis (Panleucopenia)This is a viral disease that is highly contagious. The death rate is especially high in patients under 12 months of age, however, it can also be fatal to older cats. Symptoms include, depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, and uncontrollable diarrhoea.

Feline Respiratory Disease (rhinotracheitis and calicivirus) (‘cat flu’)Cat flu can affect cats of all ages. It is a highly contagious disease and causes sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and tongue ulcers. The death rate is low except in young kittens, however the condition can last for several weeks and cats that have had the disease can continue to be carriers for long periods of time.

Outdoor explorer?

Does your cat like to go outside?

Do you intend to let your kitten outside to explore?

Do you want your feline friend to have the best protection?

FIV is another vaccine we recommend here at Johnston Street Veterinary Clinic and is for those cats who live both indoors and outdoors.

What does a FIV vaccine protect my cat from?

FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) attacks the cells of the immune system which compromises a cat’s ability to fight off infection. Symptoms include chronic infections, poor coat condition, gingivitis and dental disease and a shortened life span. FIV cats are more susceptible to ill health and usually require more visits to the vet.

FIV is transmitted via saliva and therefore is most commonly spread through cat bites during cat fights. Up to 50% of entire male cat (tomcats) are positive for FIV, which puts our domestic cats at a huge risk when venturing outside the house.

There is no cure for FIV so prevention is key.

If your cat has been outside or you think may have been exposed to the virus, we would first recommend a blood test to determine if they have contracted FIV.

With a negative result we can then organize a short course of 3 initial vaccinations, given 2 weeks apart and then an annual booster every year.

If you would like more information about adult cats and vaccinations please chat to one of our friendly team members.

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