Vaccines for Kittens & Cats

Protect your feline friend from life-threatening illnesses with a vaccination plan.

Vaccines are vital to give your kitten the best start to their life. Even as an adult, cats need boosters to maintain their immunity. Vaccines protect your cherished feline from contagious and dangerous illness. It’s widely believed that indoor cats don’t require vaccines and this is absolutely not true. Our veterinarians will determine which vaccines are necessary for your individual loyal companion.

When should my kitten or cat be vaccinated?

Kittens should get their first vaccines between 6-8 weeks-old and continue to get boosters every four weeks until they are 16-20 weeks-old. It is essential for your feline companion to get these vaccines on time to eliminate any risk and to build up their immunity. As an adult, your cat will need vaccines every 1 to 3 years. Vaccines provide immunity for a certain time, so it is mandatory for them to have boosters as recommended by the veterinarian. To discuss when your feline companion should be vaccinated, please call us at 613-384-6618.

Do kittens need vaccines if the mother is vaccinated?

Although vaccinated mothers can pass on antibodies to their kittens, it is still recommended that they are vaccinated. Kittens can get infections while in utero and through the mother’s milk. For instance, kittens can get FIV from their mother. Additionally, maternal antibodies will wear off when kittens are between 2 to 4 months-old.

Which vaccines are recommended for felines?

All cats regardless of their environment and lifestyle should have their Rabies and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP) vaccines. Getting these vaccines protects them from deadly and highly contagious diseases. Depending on your feline companion’s lifestyle, they may need additional vaccines such as Feline Leukemia (FeLV) for adults, Feline Chlamydia, Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or Feline Bordetella.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines are completely safe for your loyal companion although some patients may have mild reactions. Some cats will have hives, lose their appetite, swelling at the injection site or a fever. These symptoms are minor and will disappear within 48 hours.

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