Cat Vaccine Shortage

MSD has reported that a global increase in demand has been the major cause of the current shortage of the Nobivac tricat and Nobivac FELV vaccine. The Nobivac tricat vaccine contains antigens to protect against Feline Herpes Virus, Feline Calici Virus and Feline Panleukopaenia Virus (Feline Parvo Virus). Nobivac FELV Vaccine protects against Feline Leukaemia Virus. Currently there is no supply of these vaccines to the practice. We are hopeful that stock will be available again in January. However we do still have Nobivac Ducat in stock. This vaccine contains antigens that protect against Feline Herpes Virus and Feline Calici Virus.

What this means:

  1. We cannot vaccinate kittens or cats that have not ever been vaccinated before until stock returns in January. We are suggesting that owners keep their kittens indoors at this stage.
  2. We may not be able to restart vaccines for cats who’s vaccines have lapsed for more than three years. These will have to wait until January.
  3. Cats whose boosters are due may only need the Ducat vaccine and can be vaccinated. If they need the combination vaccine of Tricat and FELV then this can be delayed for 3 months. Please call the practice if you are concerned and we will be able to let you know what your cat needs.

In the years since COVID we have become used to various items being out of stock and are trying to manage expectations without too much disruption. Please bear with us and we apologise for any inconvenience these shortages cause.