There are currently five types of diseases covered by vaccination:
Feline Enteritis – Related 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. The 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 – Less common in Australia but 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. Vaccination is not 100% reliable and not widely adapted in Australia
Feline Aids – Spread by cat bites and fights 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 for older cats . Recommended for outdoor cats .
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 , 12 weeks and 16 weeks.