There are currently five types of diseases covered by vaccination:
Feline Enteritis – similar to parvovirus of dogs, causes acute vomiting and diarrhoea – frequently fatal. Less common today thanks to vaccination. Vaccination normally pre-requisite for boarding..
Cat Flu – Including Feline Herpes and Calicivirus. Most common contagious disease of cats. Affected cats may develop permanent sinus like symptoms and/or mouth and eye ulcers. Vaccination is pre-requisite for cattery boarding.
Feline Chlamydia – Generally shows as chronic conjunctivitis or milder respiratory signs. More common within cattery or breeding establishments.
Feline Leukaemia – Attacks the immune system and may cause tumours in later life. More common in densely populated areas and cities. Spread by saliva (licking, biting ) or via the womb. Cats generally infected and most vulnerable during the first year of life so vaccination needs to be targeted toward kittens rather than mature cats.
Feline Aids – Recently available. Spread by cat bites in saliva. Outdoor cats and males most at risk during cat fights. Not transmissible to humans. Three vaccines required and prior testing may be needed.
The basic F3 vaccine for boarding covers Feline Enteritis and Cat Flu. The Vet can advise what additional cover is recommended depending on your cats age and risk profile. Generally vaccines are given around 8 weeks and at 12 weeks. A 16 week vaccine may be advised in some cases.