Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
VACCINATIONS FOR KITTENS
Congratulations! Adding a furry feline family member can be a fun and rewarding experience. There is much to think about with a new addition from feeding and vaccines to parasites and their nails. Please see our other sections for more information on these and other subjects. One of the most important items to consider is socialization and environmental enrichment. We recommend that you check out these useful websites which have tips and advice specifically for new cat parents: cathealthy.ca and catfriendly.com.
When should kittens get their first vaccination?
Our pediatric kitten wellness visits typically start between 6 and 8 weeks of age, and continue on an individualized booster schedule until the kitten is fully vaccinated (typically 16 weeks of age). While kittens do receive some immune support through colostrum when they are first born, this immunity typically wanes at some point between 8 and 12 weeks of age, making vaccination important for your kitten’s health.
How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?
Depending on when a kitten is presented, vaccines are given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, then every one to three years thereafter depending on the vaccine. The lifestyle of the kitten will dictate what it will be possibly exposed to and what vaccines we may discuss.
Does my kitten only need core vaccines?
All dogs and cats in Ontario are legally required to be kept up-to-date on their rabies vaccination. The other “core” vaccine for cats is a combination vaccine which protects against the following common viral conditions of cats: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. Cats who spend time unsupervised outdoors may benefit from being vaccinated against a transmissible disease called feline leukemia virus.
VACCINATIONS FOR CATS
Vaccinating your pet is one of the best ways to help your pet live a long and healthy life. Our veterinarians can help you decide on an individualized vaccination program for your cat based on a discussion of your cat’s lifestyle.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
Yes. All dogs and cats in Ontario are legally required to be kept up-to-date on their rabies vaccination.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
The rabies vaccination is a core vaccine for cats. The other “core” vaccine for cats is a combination vaccine which protects against the following common viral conditions of cats: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. Cats who spend time unsupervised outdoors may benefit from being vaccinated against a transmissible disease called feline leukemia virus.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
The frequency with which a cat needs to be vaccinated is based on their lifestyle and which vaccines an owner has selected. At Osgoode we endeavour to use the longest acting vaccines available in order to reduce frequency of vaccination where appropriate. Even in years when vaccines are not due, we still recommend annual physical examinations in order to catch problems early and keep your pets healthier for longer.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
Without doubt, risk-free vaccines do not exist. There is a small chance that reactions may develop as a result of vaccination to any pet. Please speak with one of our veterinary team members about any vaccines concerns you may have.