The F3 vaccination protects against Feline enteritis & two forms of
feline respiratory disease.
Feline enteritis, also known as panleucopaenia is a highly contagious
Affected cats are depressed, loose their appetite and have vomiting and
or diarrhoea. Many cats, especially the old and very young can die of
this disease and pregnant queens may lose their young or give birth to
kittens with brain damage.
Cats that do recover may continue to carry the virus for some time and
will be infectious to other cats.
Feline respiratory disease otherwise known as cat flu is usually caused
by Feline Herpes virus and/or Feline Calicivirus.
Feline respiratory disease can affect cats of all ages but is especially
common in young kittens. The viruses cause sneezing, runny eyes, a
discharge from the nose and ulcers on the tongue. Cats often go off
their food and can run a high temperature. The disease is distressing
and can last for many weeks despite treatment. Cats will often become
life long carriers of the disease on recovery and can have recurrences
of the clinical signs regularly through out their lives particularly
We recommend all cats are vaccinated with
the F3 vaccination whether they will be house cats or going outside. The
respiratory viruses are airborne and so can even affect cats kept inside
100% of the time. Your cat will need to be vaccinated with an F3
vaccination to go into boarding kennels.
The F3 vaccination course comprises of 2 or 3 injections depending on
your kittens age when first inoculated given at 2 to 4 week intervals.
virus (FIV) vaccination
This disease is the feline equivalent of HIV or human AIDS. It is caused
by a virus which affects the immune system and makes it difficult for
affected cats to fight disease. Many infected cats remain symptomless
carriers for some time before developing clinical signs but are able to
infect other cats. Infected cats may have repeated infections or illness
that does not respond to treatment as expected. Weight loss, poor coat
quality , loss of appetite and elevated temperature can also occur.
Eventually the immune system may become too weak to fight off other
infections or diseases and as a result the cat may die from one of these
FIV is almost always transmitted by bites
from infected cats as the virus which causes the disease is present in
saliva. Unfortunately in Australia a lot of cats are infected with this
Any cat which will be going outside at any time should be vaccinated
Three vaccinations against feline immunodeficiency virus are recommended
at 2-4 week intervals.
Your pets first vaccination course will not protect them for life.
Immunity weakens over time and your cat will need annual boosters for
the rest of her life.