The importance of vaccinations to the overall health and longevity of your cat cannot be understated. Cat vaccines are medically and scientifically proven to combat the incubation and transmission of crippling and fatal feline diseases. Our veterinary staff is dedicated to educating people about the importance of cat vaccinations, including what cat shots are necessary, and when they should be scheduled.
Are Kitten Vaccinations/shots And Cat Vaccinations/shots Necessary?
The answer is yes. A kitten or cat owner is responsible for the wellbeing of their feline friend this includes happiness and longevity of life. Cat vaccinations are integral component in the longevity equation. Kitten vaccinations and cat vaccinations are medically and scientifically proven to prevent various otherwise deadly diseases.
What Cat Vaccines/shots Are Recommended?
The following vaccinations are commonly recommended:
FVRCP* – Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (Flu & Enteritis)
FeLV – Feline Leukemia if your cat will be outdoors
Rabies if your cat is travelling outside the country
What Are The Recommended Kitten And Cat Vaccination Schedules?
Kitten vaccinations and cat vaccinations are dependent upon several factors, including preexisting medical conditions and indoor or outdoor living situations. You should always discuss these factors with a vet to determine what your cat vaccine schedule should be. However, we have listed an approximate cat vaccine schedule here for an average indoor housecat to give you an idea of a cat vaccination timeline:
6-10 Weeks Old: Flu Enteritis and Leukemia (if you and your vet agree the risk)
3-4 weeks later repeated
Adult Cat Shots
Vaccines are given to your cat one year after the end of the kitten series and every year thereafter.
Are There Risks Associated With Cat Vaccinations?
Cat vaccinations stimulate your kitten or cat’s immune system in order to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This can cause mild symptoms to occur ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions.
The fact is, the rewards of cat vaccinations far outweigh any risks. Cat vaccines have saved countless lives and play a vital role in the battle against feline infectious disease. As with any medical procedure, there is a small chance of negative side effects. In most cases, the risks are much smaller than the risks of disease itself.
When Should I Schedule Kitten Vaccinations And Cats shots?
You should schedule your kitten shots as soon as you get your new kitten. Regardless of the age, your new kitten should be seen by a vet as soon as possible. It is important to get a preventive health care plan in place including vaccinations, de-worming and flea control. In addition, we will spend time discussing behavioral training to make sure your kitten develops good behaviors and becomes a great pet.
Plan on spending at least thirty minutes at your first visit. This is a great time to get all your questions answered on kitten care and discuss the recommended preventive program with our veterinary team.
An adult cat vaccination schedule, which includes annual booster shots, will be scheduled one year after the kitten vaccination schedule has been completed.
As with any other vaccination protocol, a cat vaccination schedule should be adhered to without deviation, in order to ensure your cat remains healthy and well for the duration of his or her life. We cannot control all health issues but we can prevent the majority of infectious disease with the proper vaccine schedule.