Townsend Veterinary Practice – Droitwich
One easy way to help achieve this is to vaccinate your cat to help protect them against certain infectious diseases, some of which are very difficult to treat and can be fatal. The reason for this is because when new born puppies and kittens first nurse from their mother, they receive antibodies from her milk. When your kitten is first born, she ingests a special milk called colostrum, which her mother produces for a short time. These antibodies help protect your puppy and kitten from various diseases. For the first few weeks of life, kittens are usually protected from disease by the immunity they receive from their mother´s milk for a limited time. The nurse will also discuss preventative health issues such as worming and flea treatment and diet and exercise. Many people believe that if they have their pet vaccinated when it is a kitten the immunity it receives will protect it for the rest of its life.
After a year, the level of protection offered to your pet may no longer be sufficient. Revaccination stimulates the immune response so that protection is maintained for another year. Tailoring a vaccination programme to your cat’s needs ensures that they receive just what they need, when they need it. The more common name for this virus is “distemper”. Seeing your kittens playing and thriving is an experience every foster parent loves and relishes. ACR recommends trapping kittens between the ages of five and eight weeks, when they have developed enough to leave their mother but still young enough to be tamed. The immune system works in a completely healthy kittens between 12 and 16 weeks.