Cat Vaccinations

Kitten being vaccinated

At Franklin Vets, we recommend you vaccinate your cats to protect them against diseases that would otherwise be contagious and/or fatal. 

Even the best cared for cats are at risk of coming into contact with diseases either directly from other animals or indirectly from the environment e.g. from the air, dust or discharges from animals.

The young are most susceptible to disease. Vaccinations can commence at six weeks of age in both puppies and kittens, followed by booster vaccinations throughout your pet’s life. Our vets will advise you on which vaccinations are required and the frequency.


Feline Panleukopenia 

A highly contagious viral disease causing loss of appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting, lethargy, dehydration and frequently death; most commonly severe in young kittens but can affect all ages.

Feline Respiratory Disease “Snuffles”

A common and highly contagious upper respiratory tract disease-causing sneezing, runny eyes and nose, mouth ulcers and loss of appetite. In severe cases, cats may die or be left with a chronic respiratory infection.

Optional – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

FIV is a potentially fatal disease, which interferes with the immune system of the cat. Eventually, the immune system becomes too weak to fight off infection and cats become unwell and die.

Vaccination Schedule

Initial kitten course – vaccinations every 3-4 weeks from 6 weeks of age until 12 weeks of age, then at 6 months then every 3 years after that unless cattery requires annual vaccination.

FIV – 3 vaccinations 2-4 weeks apart as an initial course (can be started at 8 weeks) then annually.

Lapsed Vaccinations

If regular vaccines in a previously vaccinated cat have lapsed by more than 6 months, then one dose is all that is required to get back onto the 3-yearly course.

Cat and kitten vaccination schedule