Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
Vaccines are a simple and inexpensive way of protecting your cats and kittens. Being a good pet owner means that you must meet your responsibility of having them vaccinated. If your pet falls behind on their vaccine schedule, they may be vulnerable to several serious diseases. It’s important to be up-to-date and on time with their vaccination schedules. To keep our patients on track our clinic has a vaccination program that you can enroll your pet in. To learn more about our vaccine wellness program please call 403.936.4571
When should my kitten or cat be vaccinated?
Kittens should start their vaccines at 6-weeks-old and continue until they are 16-weeks-old. Between 6 to 10-weeks-old your kitten should receive their FVRCP shot. At 11 to 14-weeks-old they should be given feline leukemia shots and FVRCP. At 16 weeks or older your kitten can receive the rabies, FVRCP and feline leukemia vaccines.
A year after completing kitten vaccines adult cats should get booster shots. Adult cats may need feline distemper, rabies, FVRCP and leukemia vaccines. These are administered once every year or once every three years, depending on the specific vaccine.
Does my indoor cat/kitten need to be vaccinated?
Yes! The vaccination timeline is tabled based on household cats. Staying indoors does not make your pet immune to diseases. Some germs are airborne and your cat can pick them up. They can also get illnesses from other pets in the household, or parasites that make their way inside your home.
What can I expect after my kitten/cat has been vaccinated?
Some cats may experience mild side effects. The effects your pet may experience are significantly less in comparison to the pain they would have without the vaccines. Your cats may develop fever, hives, lose their appetite or have diarrhea after they get a shot. We welcome you to call us if you become concerned about any side effects.