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Cats and yearly vaccinations/boosters....

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by R.O.S.S.I, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. R.O.S.S.I


    Joined: Nov 16, 2002

    Posts: 10,381

    Location: The Moon

    Right I know were not vets on here and i'm not after specific medical advise per se but I know we have a lot of cat owners on here and just wondering what they do about vaccinations and boosters etc for their cats?

    We recently bought an Exotic Shorthair cat at about 18 months old due to the lady who bought her having split from her partner, starting University and already having two highly dependant children to look after who the cat didn't get on with.

    The cat is completely healthy and fine, she has her full pedigree certificate along with vaccination record showing all jabs etc that she got when she was a kitten and at 1 year old. She turns 2 years old in November so my thoughts are turning to finding out if she needs any kind of booster jabs or anything else but i'm struggling to find out online what, if any, she needs to have.

    She is an indoor cat and never really ever goes outside so exposure to things will be less so than a normal roaming cat but I know this wont stop her getting ill etc. We give her flea drops every month and we have worming tablets too which we buy online.

    I've seen that the local Vets4Pets does a £99 Vac4Life booster offer for life but not sure what that actually is if they don't get boosters every year and is it just your essentially paying for a yearly check up? Does anyone have any experience of this? And what you do for your cats?
  2. neil_g


    Joined: Dec 9, 2007

    Posts: 9,865

    Location: South Hampshire

    we get out indoor cats boostered every year. they get a once over while theyre there. makes sense to me to have them checked over occasionally.
  3. Spook187


    Joined: Jan 16, 2010

    Posts: 8,062

    Location: Cumbria

    Yearly booster for mine about £30, do you plan to go on holiday and put your cat in the cattery if you do you must have the booster certificate otherwise they won't take the moggy in.
  4. stuie


    Joined: May 29, 2012

    Posts: 3,042

    Location: Dorset

    the vets4pets deal is awesome. We have that deal for our dog. It is as it says, all yearly boosters every year for the life of the pet for 99 quid
  5. The Geezer

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 13, 2010

    Posts: 2,256

    Vac4Life seems like a offer too good to be true.

    My cat's boosters with flea and worm treatment which also includes a checkup cost £75

    * Reading the small print, it's not available at all vets plus they can withdraw the offer at anytime
  6. peterwalkley


    Joined: Feb 23, 2009

    Posts: 3,234

    Location: South Wirral

    Annual boosters with a check-up at the vets. Frankly, if you don't do this, you should not have a cat at all.

    No reputable cattery will take your pet without seeing the paperwork from the vets and there are enough unvaccinated feral cats around to carry the diseases being protected against.
  7. Mat


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 13,905

    Why you would do anything other than an annual booster and checkup is beyond me.
  8. benjii


    Joined: Apr 26, 2013

    Posts: 3,393

    Location: Plymouth

    I'd be careful, you don't want your cats getting autism.
  9. R.O.S.S.I


    Joined: Nov 16, 2002

    Posts: 10,381

    Location: The Moon

    Think we'll go for it then. Wasn't sure what boosters cats had every year from looking online hence my original question.
  10. Haggisman


    Joined: Oct 6, 2004

    Posts: 12,763

    Location: Birmingham

    Our vet does a "PetPlan", £11/month, includes annual boosters, 6 monthly health check, worming/flea treatments, and 10% off all other treatments.
  11. R.O.S.S.I


    Joined: Nov 16, 2002

    Posts: 10,381

    Location: The Moon

    Will just stick to the Vac4Life deal. Worming and flea treatments can be had for cheap enough online from reputable places.
  12. Jamesyboyjim


    Joined: Oct 30, 2008

    Posts: 3,021

    Location: South

    We have two cats, big tom's, one has all his boosters whenever required, the other turned up as a stray and had been living wild for some time. As a result he's very wild at heart and cannot be picked up, poked or prodded etc.

    If you manage to lure him into a carrier he goes absolutely berserk and as a result hasn't had any jabs for a few years now. You can sneak a worm tablet into his food though and get the frontline on him but I do worry about him!
  13. BDEE


    Joined: Apr 21, 2011

    Posts: 2,649

    THe Vets4Pets deal may look financially attractive, but they use the Leptp4 Vaccine for dogs (not sure how the cat ones work as I have no experience of this, but worth checking), which has proved highly controversial and has caused the death of many dogs. It is not really a requirement to use it, due to the VERY low numbers of incidents of what it covers in this country, but due to their commercial arrangements they are tied to using Lepto4 and will not offer the more proven, safer previous jab, Lepto2.

    It was this reason alone I stuck with my local independent vet. He is well aware of the issues of Lepto4 and has no plans to use it. I am happy to pay my £33 to my local vet to have my dogs not use what vets4pets are using.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2016