Having a new feline friend comes with a lot of responsibility. To give them a good start to their life, we recommend vaccination. Once vaccinated your kitten can begin to socialize without any exposure to illnesses. As they get older their immunity should be boosted as suggested by your veterinarian.
When should my kitten be vaccinated?
We recommend starting the kitten vaccination series when they are 7-8 weeks old. Core vaccines are usually administered during your pet's kitten series. Here is an approximate timeline of the vaccines administered to kittens:
- At 7-8 weeks old all kittens should receive a vaccine called the FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) vaccine. In kittens, this vaccine will need a booster every 3-4 weeks until they are over 14 weeks of age.
- Another vaccination called the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) vaccine is usually administered at the 2nd FVRCP booster vaccine visit (around 12 weeks of age) and then given a booster at 3-4 weeks with the final set of the kitten vaccine series. This vaccine is especially recommended for cats that go outdoors.
- The Rabies vaccine is usually administered with the final FVRCP vaccine and when your kitten is over 14 weeks old.
When should adult cats be vaccinated?
Your pet's core vaccines are boosted 1 year after the 3rd set of kitten vaccines are given, and then every 1-3 years. In addition to these vaccines, your veterinarian may recommend additional vaccines according to your pet's age, lifestyle, travel or health status.
Is vaccination necessary for indoor cats?
The best way to protect your cat is to have them vaccinated. Keeping them indoors does not prevent them from catching diseases. Indoor cats can catch viruses from parasites that can come indoors on human shoes, clothing, or other pets, etc. To schedule a vaccination appointment for your indoor cat, please call us at 780-428-8802.
Will my pet have a reaction to vaccines?
It is possible for some pets to have mild reactions after they are vaccinated. Some cats may become lethargic, have fever, rashes, diarrhea or swelling at the injection site. These symptoms are normal and usually disappear within 48 hours.