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Highton Veterinary Clinic
88 Barrabool Rd
VIC 3216

03 52430077

Kittens need a first and a second vaccination (F3 core vaccination). After the second vaccination it is recommended they do not go outdoors or mix with other cats for at least another 7 days. If your cat is going to be an outdoor cat, especially if you have many cats in your neighbourhood it is worthwhile to consider vaccinating them against FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) in addition to the F3 vaccine, as it is not included in the core vaccination. Three initial FIV vaccinations are necessary to ensure immunity (these can be given at the same time as the F3 vaccinations), then a yearly booster.

FIV is often seen in the Geelong region and is spread between cats by saliva and blood, so generally through fighting or possibly sharing food bowls. FIV is significantly more common in outdoor cats, especially those that fight. Once in a cat's system FIV attacks certain cells in the immune system. As the disease replicates and spreads, it compromises the body's ability to fight off secondary infections. FIV can cause a variety of signs including; various infections, dental disease, diarrhoea, central nervous system disorders, anaemia, kidney disease and cancer. Unfortunately once they have FIV there is no cure. FIV vaccination is the best way of prevention, as well as keeping cats indoors to reduce chance of fighting.