Vaccination for Cats and Kittens
Vaccination is very important for your feline’s health because it offers protection against dangerous and contagious diseases. Administering this basic preventative medicine helps their immune system defend itself in the event of exposure to a disease or virus. Our team will offer advice about appropriate vaccines based on your cat’s age and lifestyle.
At what age should kittens receive their first vaccines?
At a very young age, kittens drink their mother’s milk, which contains antibodies that immunize them against certain diseases. At around eight or nine weeks old, this protection decreases. That’s why this is the ideal age for administering the first doses of vaccines. Boosters will then be required every four weeks until the age of 16 weeks (four months) for optimal immunization. Of course, adult cats will have to receive boosters every one or two years to be protected throughout their lifetime.
What is the FVRCP vaccine and what are the other vaccines for cats?
The FVRCP, the core vaccine for cats, offers protection against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.
We also suggest that your pet be protected against rabies because it is a fatal disease and can be spread to humans.
Finally, there is a vaccine against leukemia, a disease which severely affects the immune system of affected pets.
Could my cat suffer from side effects after receiving vaccinations?
Most cats do not experience side effects after vaccinations, but you may notice that your companion is lethargic, has a decreased appetite or has soreness at the injection site. We will take the time to give you information about signs to monitor during your appointment at the clinic. Keep in mind that severe allergic reactions (swelling, hives, difficulty breathing) are generally rare.
Do I have to get my indoor cat vaccinated?
Indoor cats also need complete vaccine protection even if their risk of getting sick is lower than outdoor cats. There is no such thing as zero risk. By choosing to vaccinate your cat, you increase the chances that it will stay healthy for a longer time, and you protect yourself against infections that could be passed on to you. It is also important to remember that vaccination is almost always required for cross-border travel and at boarding establishments.