A vaccinated kitten or cat is protected against fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, ulcers, pneumonia, cancer and other symptoms of cat flu, feline infectious enteritis and possibly feline leukaemia virus. How much will you need to pay for kitten and cat vaccinations to keep your pet healthy? We've surveyed two dozen UK vets to find the average cost of kitten and cat vaccinations, to help you plan ahead.
- How Much are Cat Vaccinations?
- Are There Low Cost Cat Vaccinations?
- Does Pet Insurance Cover Vaccinations for Cats?
Average Cat Vaccinations Cost
We gathered quotes for kitten and cat vaccinations from vets around the UK in order to determine average vaccination costs. The data showed that some vets are twice as expensive as other vets, so if you're looking to save money then check prices at a few local vets before you book in.
Cost of Kitten Vaccinations
According to our research, the average cost of a kitten vaccination course in the UK was £63.30 when feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is included to protect outdoor or social animals. If you and your vet decide that your feline doesn't need protection against FeLV then the kitten vaccination course would be around 18% cheaper, costing around £51.90. The sample prices in our study ranged from £45 up to £87 for the full course with FeLV, showing the significant difference in prices between vets.
A kitten vaccination course involves two sets of injections and protects against cat flu and feline infectious enteritis, plus the option of FeLV for outdoor cats, cats who stay in a cattery, etc. Kittens can get their first set of vaccinations around 9 weeks old and the second set of injections at around three months old.
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Cost of Cat Vaccinations
The average cost of an annual cat booster vaccination is £43.7 in the UK including FeLV, or £39.9 without it. FeLV is critical for cats that might come into contact with other cats, such as outdoor cats or those who might stay in a cattery from time to time. The annual cat booster is usually cheaper than the kitten course, primarily since a booster involves only one set of injections.
|How Much are Cat Booster Vaccinations?||Low Price||High Price||Average Price|
|Booster with FeLV||£27||£55||£44|
|Booster without FeLV||£33||£50||£40|
Cost of Rabies Vaccine for Cats
If you're taking your cat abroad, they'll need a rabies vaccine to return back to the UK. We found that a rabies vaccine costs around £51 on average in the UK, but prices in our study ranged from £40 up to £60. Some vet practices offer a "pet passport" package which includes the rabies vaccine and costs around £125. Top tip: be sure your pet is microchipped before getting the rabies vaccine so that the vaccine can be properly traced and linked to your cat.
Low Cost Cat Vaccinations
There are a few ways to save money on kitten and cat vaccinations in the UK:
Pet Health Club
To help pet owners spread out the costs of preventative care and lock in discounts, some vets offer membership to a Pet Health Club. A pet health club membership typically includes the cost of standard vaccines and annual boosters, and may even include the cost of neutering for kittens. As a result, kitten membership might cost more than cat membership at your vet. Likewise, you might pay more for a senior cat.
Membership to a Pet Health Club is paid on a monthly basis and typically covers vaccines, microchipping, flea & worm treatment, plus discounts of 10% to 20% on other preventative pet health care. Large vet groups including Medivet, CVS UK and Companion Care/Vets4Pets offer pet care health packages, so you might find one in your area.
|Average Monthly Cost of Pet Health Club for Cats|
Is it worth your cat joining your vet's pet health club? It depends on the monthly cost of your plan and how much you would normally pay annually for preventative treatments like vaccinations and flea & Worm treatment. Below is an example for a cat to help you decide. In this case, the pet owner would save £34 per year by signing up to their vet's pet health club:
|How you Might Save with a Vet Pet Health Club|
|Flea/tick & worm treatment||£117|
|Annual Pet Club cost||£150|
|Potential Annual Savings||£34|
Low-Cost Dog Vaccinations from Pet Charities
For those who meet certain means-tested benefits eligibility criteria, low cost dog vaccinations may be available from the RSPCA, PDSA and Animal Trust charities. To find out if you might be eligible and if you fall into a catchment area of a charity hospital or clinic, click the links below.
For example, the RSPCA eligibility specifies that to qualify for reduced cost vaccinations you must receive one of the following: Income Support (IS), Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Pension Credit (NOT state pension) or a Standard Allowance Universal Credit (only the parts related to IC, JSA, ESA, but not Working Tax Credit, Child tax Credit or any other components).
Also, if you live in the north of England you might find slightly cheaper dog vaccinations prices from the Animal Trust than a private vet. The Animal Trust has clinics in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Shropshire and Yorkshire.
Does Pet Insurance Cover Vaccinations for Cats?
Unfortunately, pet insurance in the UK doesn't cover vaccinations for kittens and cats. Generally speaking, pet insurance won't reimburse you for any preventative care such as vaccinations, flea & tick treatments, etc. Pet insurance is meant to help with higher cost bills from unexpected incidents or illnesses.
In addition to pet insurance you may want to join your vet's Pet Health Club, if they have one. By joining a Pet Health Club, you essentially spread the cost of preventative care throughout the year via monthly payments, and if used to its full potential the club can secure you discounts around 10% to 15% on vaccinations.
If you also have a dog, you can read about the average cost of dog vaccines here.
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