Cat Vaccination and Rabbit

At Central Vets & Pets all vaccine prices are inclusive of health checks!

Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. It is essential that all pets are adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. Responsible pet care requires kittens to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult cats require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.

A Guide to Cat Vaccination Schedule.

Initial vaccination programs should provide at least two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart against some or all of the following; feline panleucopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis  at or after 8 weeks of age. Three vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart, against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are recommended at or after 8 weeks of age. 

FIV vaccination in many cases may not be warranted.  Ask us for our advice regarding preventing this disease.

Kitten Vaccination. 

Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten.

Kitten Vaccination course includes 2 doses 4 weeks apart starting from 8 weeks of age.

Adult Cat Vaccination. 

The immunity from kitten vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.



Feline Enteritis/Feline Prvovirus (also known as Feline Panleucopenia)

A very contagious viral disease, especially in kittens. Pregnant cats may lose their young or give birth to kittens with abnormalities, quite often with brain damage. Common symptoms are depression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea, often with blood and severe abdominal pain. hence protection against this disease is a must in order to ensure your kitten's good health. It is now regarded as one of the core vaccines under the AVMA guidlines for feline vaccination.

Feline Respiratory Disease Complex (Catflu)

this disease is a complex caused either by herpes virus or calicivirus in cats. it mainly affects eyes, nose and throat in kittens as well as adult cats. it is a very fast spreading viral disease and is highly contagious. since it is caused by virus and not bacteria, getting your kitten/cat immunised against the virus is the best way of prevention against the disease.

Feline respiratory disease affects cats of all ages, especially young kittens, Siamese and Burmese cats. It is highly contagious and causes sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and tongue ulcers.

Fortunately, the death rate is low except in young kittens, but the disease is distressing and may persist for several weeks. Recovered cats can continue to carry and spread the infection for long periods, and can show signs of the disease again if they become stressed

these vaccines are now regarded as core vaccines under the AVMA guideline for feline vaccination.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Feline AIDS is a disease caused by infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and affects the cat’s immune system. Their natural defence against attack by other diseases may be seriously affected, much in the same way as human AIDS.

This disease is not transmissible to humans.

FIV is almost always transmitted by bites from infected cats. The virus that causes the disease is present in saliva.
A vast majority of cats infected with FIV in New Zealand show little or no signs of infection, although,it can on occasion, display initial symptoms such as fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes.

In the minority of cats where this disease progresses symptoms may occur such as weight loss, sores in and around the mouth, eye lesions, poor coat and chronic infections.

Eventually, the immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infections and diseases. As a result, the cat may die from one of these subsequent infections.

This virus does occur in New Zealand however the strain found in New Zealand differs from the vaccination strain and the use of this vaccine may therefore have limitations regarding immunity in New Zealand.



Rabbit Vaccinations


Rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD), also known as haemorrhagic viral disease (RHVD), is a disease that kills rabbits. It was illegally introduced into New Zealand in 1997.  Thirty to eighty percent of animals exposed to the virus will develop the disease. Almost 100% of infected animals will die.


It is unsure how the virus is transmitted, but at this stage it is assumed that rabbits acquire this highly infectious virus by breathing it in, ingestion, direct contact or through infected urine or faeces. Insects are also able to carry the virus, so isolation from other rabbits is not enough to prevent this nasty disease affecting your rabbit.  The incubation period is 1-3 days and research has shown that rabbits younger than 8 weeks of age are usually resistant to the virus. There are three forms of the disease which, in severe cases, causes bleeding in the lungs, the windpipe, liver, spleen, kidneys and the heart.

Rabbits who receive (Filavac)  Vaccination are covered for RHDV, but also the other current strains of rabbit calicivirus.

Rabbits can be vaccinated from 6 weeks old, at which age they will require boosters every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 3 months old. If vaccination commences at  3 months old, they will not require another booster that year. In order to maintain immunity, it is recommended that all vaccinated rabbits receive an annual booster. 


We currently stock and sell this vaccine.  Call us today to protect your furry friend on 06 3503950 or e mail us and one of our team will be in touch.