Even if your cat spends all of their time indoors, you cannot always protect them from diseases in the outside world. Vaccination is the best way to give your kitten or cat protection from preventable diseases. Before administering them, we typically do an assessment to determine which ones are the right fit for your cat or kitten.
How early should my kitten start getting vaccinated?
Getting your kitten vaccinated during their first few weeks is especially crucial because any immunity provided by their mother while nursing is slowly wearing off. We typically provide kittens their first round of vaccines when they are 6 to 8-weeks-old. They will receive subsequent boosters until they are 16-weeks-old and continue after that throughout adulthood. Though these vaccinations will be less frequent, they're equally important for maintaining your kitten or cat's immunity against preventable disease. If you have questions about vaccinating your kitten or cat, please contact us at 709-256-3891.
Which vaccines do my kitten or cat need?
Some vaccines are recommended for all kittens and cats, regardless of their lifestyle, environment, and overall health. Some non-core vaccines are only recommended if your pet has a high risk of contracting a particular disease. Some core (essential) vaccines we recommend include:
- Panleukopenia (Feline distemper)
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
What do these vaccines protect against?
Rabies is a neurological disease that affects your pet's brain and spine. Once contracted, it is usually fatal. Panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, and feline viral rhinotracheitis vaccines are usually administered as one combination vaccine (FVRCP). These are all viral infections that can kill cells and cause respiratory infections. Vaccination is the best way to safeguard your pet against them.