Vaccination kittens

First at 10 weeks.
Second (booster) 3 weeks after the first.
Cats are less prone to collect diseases than dogs.
The most dangerous one is leukaemia, for which prevention requires a special, seperate vaccination.
There is a new vaccination against "cat aids".

Warning: Cats can be tested for diseases after more than 3 months, before 3 months the antibodies of the mother cat can cause false test results.

Received reaction:
"I never vaccinate kittens or cats. I vaccinate kittens only when they have to go abroad. If you have to vaccinate, then after 9 weeks and not before!"
Most kittens will have already received one vaccination by the time they leave for their new home. If your kitten was under 9 weeks of age when he received this vaccination, he will require 2 more boosters with a 1 month separation. The standard vaccination is called F3 as it protects against Feline Panleucopenia, and 2 different cat flu viruses – Feline Herpesvirus and Feline Calicivirus. There are also vaccines available against Feline Leukaemia Virus.

A new range of vaccines for cats is available -
F4 vaccine that includes Feline Chlamydia, which is primarily seen as conjunctivitis in cats, and F5 that also provides protection against Feline Leukaemia Virus. Your veterinarian can advise you on the risk of infection and the benefits of vaccination against Feline Leukaemia Virus and Feline Chlamydia in your situation.

There is also a
new vaccine just released for the prevention of Feline AIDS, commonly known as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), which is spread by fighting cats. It is administered as an initial series of three doses, two to four weeks apart. It is given to kittens at 8 weeks of age or older. Cats older than 6 months should be tested to ensure that they are free of this AIDS virus before being vaccinated and ideally they should be permanently identified with a microchip. An annual booster is needed to ensure continued protection.

Kittens require these boosters since maternal antibodies obtained from their mother interfere with response to vaccination. Kittens lose these maternal antibodies at different rates up to the age of 16 weeks, so they need several boosters to ensure that they develop the maximum antibody response to protect them against infection.


De kittens worden met 10 weken ingeent, en dan 2de prik 3 weken erna. De inenting is oa tegen niesziekte.
Poezen krijgen gelukkig minder ziektes dan honden. De gevaarlijkste is leukemie, waar wel tegen kan worden  ingeent, maar dat is een aparte inenting. En een andere is kattenaids, waartegen zojuist een vaccin op de markt zou zijn gekomen. Deze ziektes kunnen getest worden als de poes ouder is dan 3 maanden, daarvoor kan het een fout resultaat geven door de nog aanwezige afweercellen van de moederpoes.

Ontvangen reaktie:
"Zelf vaccineer ik nooit kittens of katten. Ik vaccineer kittens alleen als ze naar buitenland moeten. Als het toch moet, dan na de 9de week en niet eerder!"