* Kittens receive a series of vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. This schedule may vary depending on when the first vaccination is given. Ideally, three vaccines are given, 3-4 weeks apart.
* Yes, vaccinations need to be boostered in cats who have never been vaccinated or who have had interruptions in their vaccination schedule. These boosters ensure that ideal memory has been triggered by the body and will then help to protect the kitten/cat, if challenged by the disease.
* Vaccines are grouped into Core and Non-Core vaccines
* Core Vaccines (recommended for all cats)
* FVRCP – This is a combination vaccine that will vaccinate your cat against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia.
As a kitten, we administer this vaccine 3 times, 3 to 4 weeks apart to build up their immune response to these deseases. At the doctor’s discretion, this vaccine typically is administered every 2 years.
* Rabies vaccine – This vaccine is required by law with the city. If contracted, rabies is a fatal disease. This vaccine is first given at 14 to 16 weeks of age and is a yearly vaccine in cats.
* Non-Core Vaccines (recommended to cats depending on their lifestyle)
* Feline Leukemia – This vaccine is recommended for outdoor cats only. The disease is shed in the saliva and nasal secretions of infected cats. Feline Leukemia can lead to secondary infections and death. This vaccine is typically administered once a year.
* There are other vaccines available to cat; however, these are not typically recommended by our doctors.
* Fecal Testing: Our doctors recommend bringing in a fresh stool sample once a year to test for intestinal parasites. Many kittens are born with parasites that were transmitted to them by their mother’s milk or placenta. As adult cats, especially those who go outside, may also come into contact with intestinal parasites in the outside environment, like giardia or coccidia. By performing an annual test, we are able to find these nasty parasites before they cause any problems!
* Blood Work/Urine Testing: Your doctor may recommend annual blood work or urine testing for your pet. As your pet begins to age, early disease detection can be a key element to your pet’s health. Feel free to ask our doctors at your annual appointment if annual wellness testing would be beneficial for your pet!
1. We recommend flea prevention for all cats who go outside, or have a chance to come into contact with fleas. At our animal hospitals, we primarily recommend a once a month treatment with a product called Revolution. This is a topical solution applied between the shoulders and will protect your cat again fleas, heartworm, and ear mites. Check with the doctor at your annual appointment to see if Revolution is a product recommended for your cat!