When you bring home a Bengal kitten it’s not only going to be part of your family but it’s also an investment. So, just like any family member or an investment you are going to want to make sure that nothing happens to your kitten once you’ve brought it into your home. This is why it’s important to know which shots that Bengal kittens need to stay healthy.
Before going any further we first should understand exactly what vaccines do. Vaccines are small viruses that are injected into your kitten in order to help build up a response that will build your Bengal kitten’s immunity up against certain diseases. This virus that is given to your kitten is one that’s been modified so that your kitten will not get sick from this virus introduced into it’s body and in turn is effective in building up resistance.
Vaccines are meant to help your Bengal kitten to create antibodies that will help fight off diseases and protect them for as long as these antibodies are in your cat’s system.
When should kittens be vaccinated?
To help protect kittens they’ll need two sets of vaccinations to get them started. Kittens should have their first set of vaccinations at nine weeks old and at three months old they should receive the second set to boost their immune system. After this, kittens and cats usually need ‘booster’ vaccinations every twelve months.
Until your kitten is fully vaccinated (and neutered), you should keep him or her inside.
What diseases can vaccinations protect against?
Cats are commonly vaccinated against:
- Cat flu (feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus)
- Feline infectious enteritis
- Feline leukaemia virus
Your vet can advise which vaccinations your cat or kitten will need to help protect them from infectious diseases.
How long are vaccinations effective for?
Some vaccines are given as booster injections every year. Your vet will provide you with a vaccination record which you will need to keep safe.