Vaccinations are one of the most significant steps you can take to ensure your pet has a long and healthy life, because they protect your kitten from life-threatening diseases. Vaccinations play a vital role in the battle against infectious diseases and have saved countless lives. However, vaccines do not produce life-long protection; regular boosters are necessary to ensure continuous protection.
In the first few weeks of life, kittens are normally protected against disease by antibodies from their mother’s milk. This immunity decreases over time and usually disappears by approximately 12 weeks of age. Vaccination is then needed to protect your kitten against disease.
Kittens generally receive a course of two vaccinations, with an interval of 3 to 4 weeks between injections. This primary course ensures that your kitten’s immune system has the best chance of mounting a strong protective response. Roehampton Veterinary Clinic recommends kitten vaccination at 8 weeks and at 12 weeks of age.