Vaccination for cats and kittens

Vaccination is part of standard veterinary care. Whether or not your cat goes outside, it is important to protect them against the most common diseases and viruses found in domestic animals.

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What is the FVRCP vaccine?

The FVRCP vaccine is a core vaccine for domestic cats and prevents three kinds of illnesses: feline panleukopenia, calicivirus and feline viral rhinotracheitis.

Are there other vaccines for cats?

In some cases, the FVRCP vaccine provides enough protection for your pet. It will depend on how many animals live in your home, whether you spend times outside or travel abroad, and whether or not your pet stays in boarding facilities.

Your veterinarian may suggest vaccinating your cat against rabies and feline leukemia.

How soon should kittens be vaccinated?

The mother’s milk provides antibodies against certain diseases for up to 8 or 9 weeks after they’re born. After that, protection wanes and it’s time to start thinking about getting your kitten their first shots. Booster shots are then necessary every four weeks until they’re approximately 16 weeks old to ensure adequate immunization.

Do adult cats also need booster shots?

Absolutely. Booster shots should be given every year or two years throughout a cat’s life to ensure they are adequately protected. Your veterinarian will advise you on which vaccines your cat needs and when.

What should I do if my cat reacts poorly to vaccination or has serious side effects?

Your veterinarian will tell you if there are any side effects to watch out for. If you’re unsure or worried, you should ask your vet for professional advice as soon as possible.

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