Veterinary Chris Hong
Dr Laurence Gullifer
Veterinary & Founder, First Paw
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To all our Feline Friends, please read before booking any cat vaccination:

Australia is currently facing a widespread shortage of cat F3 vaccinations due to production challenges that emerged in the aftermath of the pandemic. In response to this situation, our primary objective is to manage the available supply judiciously while minimizing the risk of fatal diseases within the cat population.

To achieve this, we will be implementing a vaccination prioritization strategy to try and ensure that the cats most susceptible to contracting diseases receive the necessary protection. These high-priority groups include:

  • Kittens,
  • Cats receiving their initial adult vaccinations, and
  • Cats headed for cattery stays.


For cats at lower risk, mainly adults who have been previously vaccinated, in particular indoor adult cats, that are due for their routine annual booster, we recommend postponing their booster shots until early 2024 once the vaccination shortage has been resolved.

However, it's important to note that we can still conduct annual health check-ups for these cats to monitor their well-being. An annual checkup is recommended so you can touch base with your vet to discuss any concerns and cover common topics such as aging health, general health, diet, dental care, behavior, mobility, coat etc.

We will keep you posted with any developments. Once the vaccination supplies are replenished, we will let you know.

We understand that this situation may cause inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these challenging times. If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Your cat's health and safety remain our top priorities, and we are committed to providing the best care possible under the circumstances.

If you have recently received a vaccination reminder from us but your cat is not high-priority, please ignore for now while we wait for supplies to return to normal. In the meantime, feel free to book your pet in for any other appointments including regular health check-ups etc.

The First Paw Team

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