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Your kitten will need to receive the F3 vaccine. This will protect them against Feline Panleukopenia and two forms of cat flu (Feline Calicivirus and Feline Herpesvirus).

When will my Kitten Require its Vaccinations?

Your kitten will need to be vaccinated 3 times at around 8 weeks of age, 12 weeks of age and 16 weeks of age, and then annually thereafter.

Often the 8 week old vaccination is given by the breeder or shelter.

After your kitten’s first vaccination at Brighton Veterinary Hospital, we will send you reminders for the remainder of your kitten’s vaccinations as they are due.

Do outdoor cats require additional vaccinations?

In addition to the F3 vaccination, at Brighton Veterinary Hospital we recommend that outdoor cats also require to be vaccinated for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV.

This is a virus which attacks the immune system of cats, and is transmitted from one cat to another through bite wounds. The FIV vaccine initially needs to be given 3 times, 4 weeks apart, and then annually together with the F3 vaccine thereafter.

The FIV vaccine can be given to your kitten in the same appointment as the F3 vaccine.

Typically breeders or shelters, do not provide the FIV vaccination.

If a cat has ventured outside while unvaccinated, we will need to run a quick blood test to determine their FIV status before starting the FIV vaccination course.

Now that you know how often your cat should be vaccinated, it’s time to book an appointment with the cat doctors at Brighton Veterinary Hospital. While nobody enjoys taking their pet in for shots, the highly trained vets at Brighton Veterinary Hospital will ensure that vaccines are administered as quickly and painlessly as possible. You can make a veterinary appointment online at

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