Vaccinating your cat

Cats in the UK are vaccinated against cat flu, a catch-all term for a number of different viral diseases, panleucopenia virus and feline leukaemia virus.

We vaccinate cats on the basis of their likely risks. It is not entirely necessary to vaccinate indoor cats  unless you plan to introduce a new cat or put your cat in a cattery. Outdoor free roaming cats need full protection.

Initial vaccinations take place from nine weeks of age with the second injection occur three weeks later.

Annual boosters are recommended for cat flu, and booster vaccinations for other diseases are recommended at different intervals according to age and lifestyle.

In order to travel with your cat, it must be microchipped, issued with a pet passport, and given rabies vaccinations.

It is rare, but adverse reactions can occur, they do tend to be quite mild.