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Feel Secure in Letting Your Kitten Roam Free By Getting Them Properly Vaccinated.

Want to feel safe knowing that your new little ball of fur will lead a happy, healthy life in your family home?

Never let a preventable disease get the best of your cat, especially if vaccines are readily available.

Our staff at Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic will help you through the process. We can give you plenty of information for optimising the health of your feline friend. For one, we’ll help you deal with the threat of parasites to your kittens.

Moreover, we will guide you in getting your Cat vaccinations against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Enteritis, Feline Respiratory Disease and Feline Chlamydia. These vaccinations can be administered over three individual visits to our office.


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What are Some of the Most Common Diseases?

There are a variety of viruses and diseases that cats can pick up throughout their life, especially if they’re not vaccinated and living an outdoor lifestyle among other felines.


Feline leukaemia

One of the most common diseases is Feline Leukaemia , a cancerous syndrome that can be acquired through the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). This strain can also invite other cancers and conditions, as well as immunodeficiency.

FeLV is hard to diagnose, as symptoms can remain dormant for months or even years. And because of this, it’s easier to transmit.  It has become a leading cause of domestic feline deaths in recent years.

Therefore, the best way to prevent your pet from contracting this virus is by getting the proper vaccinations.

Unfortunately, we must also stress that while there are a variety of FeLV vaccines on the market to help keep your cat from infection, none are currently 100% effective. Many are created from small amounts of the virus or have only been fashioned together using killed strains.

The vaccinations are best for cats who are commonly boarded, spend the majority of their time outdoors, who attend shows, or those in constant contact with fellow cats.  

Cats who come into our office will be tested for FeLV before any vaccinations are administered. After all, adult cats who spend their days indoors are possibly able to avoid getting vaccinated. But here at Ivanhoe, we strongly recommend getting your kitten or mature cat the immunization to lower their chances throughout their life


Feline immunodeficiency virus

Feline leukemia bares a family resemblance to other immuno viruses, including feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, which causes AIDS).

Core and non-core vaccines are administered by our experts, who have control over which immunizations are fit for each case. After all, core vaccines are more common and should be given to every cat after birth, while non-core vaccines are often only administered depending on the cat’s lifestyle and environment.


Administering vaccines

Before your kitten gets a vaccine, our veterinarians look at a lot of factors:  the animal’s breed, their current health status, and the age.

Then, we consider the type of vaccine, those determined by common diseases in their geographical area and their potential exposure to other cats that may already have the disease.

Core vaccines include feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and rabies. They can be given every three years throughout your cat’s life to ensure their health and safety over time.

Non-core vaccines, on the other hand, can also be given when necessary. These include feline leukemia (FeLV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), Bordetella, and Chlamydophila.

Adult cats can avoid FeLV vaccinations if they’re primarily indoor cats who have no exposure to other felines. However, many vets agree that kittens should have an initial round of vaccinations as they’re more susceptible at their young age.

If you prefer to let your kitten roam around your yard and neighbourhood, that’s fine.  But to keep your kitten healthy, best to get their vaccines sooner rather than later. The transmission of something as simple as saliva could leave them infected, and with them outside they are more vulnerable to infection and diseases.


Our friendly, educated staff are always on hand to help calm your pets.  We try to keep our pricing at an average level, but pet insurance is also a great way to ensure that your furry friends are covered completely.

Vaccinations don’t have to be a burden. They’re quick to administer and can provide the peace of mind you need regarding your pet’s health. This factor should be reason enough to consider getting your cats protected from preventable diseases.


So come into our office soon, or contact us immediately for an appointment! We’d love to meet you and your feline family.

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