From the time your pet is about eight weeks old, he or she will need cat vaccinations to prevent the most common, contagious and deadly diseases.
- Vaccinate early – At about 8 weeks
- Keep you cat’s vaccinations up to date.
Keeping your vaccinations up to date is one of the most effective, inexpensive ways to make sure they are protected from possible pain and suffering and to develop a strong immunity. Your vet will vaccinate for these diseases:
Core Vaccinations for Cats
- Feline Panleukopenia
- Panleukopenia is a potentially fatal viral disease that causes vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration, fever, and sudden death. Kittens born to infected queens may suffer permanent brain damage. This disease is easily prevented through vaccination.
- Feline Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus
- These organisms infect the airways of cats, causing runny eyes and nose, sneezing, mouth ulcers and sometimes poor appetite. Although vaccines may not prevent infection altogether, they often greatly reduce the severity of the disease.
- Rabies is a fatal disease that can infect all warm blooded animals including cats and people.
Non-core Vaccines for Cats
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV)
- This virus is the most commonly diagnosed feline cancer. FELV also supresses the cats immune system leaving it susceptible to infection.
Although some vaccines (core vaccines) are generally recommended for all cats, our veterinarian can assist you in selecting vaccines for your pet based on the unique set of risks faced by your pet.
Some factors to be considered include:
- The number of pets in the household,
- Exposure to pets or wild animals out-of-doors,
- Age and health status of your pet,
- Travel and kenneling considerations.
It is important to re-evaluate vaccination options with your veterinarian should your pet’s circumstances change. Talk with our veterinarian about your cats’ vaccination schedules.