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Pets & Working Animals => Cats => Topic started by: Robb on June 15, 2020, 09:54:03 am

Title: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: Robb on June 15, 2020, 09:54:03 am

Hi
what do most people do? Not intending to ever use a cattery but should I still have my cats vaccinated?
If so, what particular vaccinations are best?
Robb
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: doganjo on June 15, 2020, 11:27:04 am
My old cat (aged 20) died a couple of weeks ago, never had jabs while i had him, but he had the basic ones as a kitten i believe (got him from a friend)

I'm thinking of getting another one from Cats Protection when they reopen, and I think they insist on the first ones - biut whether they check annually or not I don't know
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: Steph Hen on June 15, 2020, 11:57:13 am
I’m not going to.
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: bj_cardiff on June 15, 2020, 03:37:35 pm
My cats are all semi feral and from the cats protection, I think they have at least one injection of vaccs done then they are neutered. I've never asked because mine are a bit wild and couldn't be cought!
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: roddycm on June 15, 2020, 04:06:25 pm
There is much debate on this subject but the new thinking is that once a dog or cat is vaccinated (puppy or kitten plan) and has its first booster a year later they may not need further vaccinations. Other advice includes vaccinating every three years. Vaccinating is a real money-spinner so it is hard to get the real answer.

I think giving a kitten its shots and then the appropriate booster seems about right for a farm cat. I would not have an outdoor cat without at least giving it shots for FIV.
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: sabrina on June 15, 2020, 08:21:44 pm
All my dogs and cats get theirs when young and that is that. We have had cats 17/18 years old and dogs 13 to 16 years old. We get someone in to look after our animals when we go away. Cheaper than kennels.
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: Robb on June 29, 2020, 01:02:26 pm
Thanks for the input

Just rounding off what I decided to do if anyone looks subsequently at thread.

On basis of input from this site - and reading round the interweb - i decided I would get them the initial vaccination and booster but decide after that decide whether to continue

Many thansk to accidental smallholder people
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: in the hills on June 29, 2020, 05:32:03 pm
Sorry, coming to this a bit late.


I thought that there wasn't a vaccination for FIV in cats available in the UK.
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: doganjo on June 29, 2020, 06:09:38 pm
There is no vaccine available currently in the UK. A vaccine is used in the United States, but it is not reliable and it does not work against all the types of FIV. It also poses problems for vets because a vaccinated cat will test positive for FIV.
It doesn't necessariily reduce lifespan, but they are prone to other infections that could kill, and mustn't be fed raw foods such as eggs and meat in case of bacteris getting into them
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: in the hills on June 29, 2020, 08:29:28 pm
Thank you Doganjo for clarifying that.


Mine is vaccinated but I thought that the vet had said there wasn't a vaccine for FIV.
Thought there might have been a new vaccine introduced when binread this thread.
Title: Re: Vaccinating smallholding cats?
Post by: doganjo on June 29, 2020, 09:22:35 pm
I must admit it was about a year and a half ago that I asked my vet about this so things may have changed