Due to the widespread vaccination of pets, experts agree that millions of animal deaths have been prevented. Though some formerly common diseases are now uncommon, we still recommend vaccination because these disease agents are still present in the environment. Our hospital offers all the vaccinations your cat may need, including core and non-core. Our veterinarians have years of experience in protecting pets from preventable diseases. To schedule a vaccine for your cat, call us at 250-376-6797.
What age should my kitten or cat be vaccinated?
We recommend that kitten vaccinations begin when they are 6 to 8 weeks-old. Their kitten series is administered in different doses every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16-weeks-old.
A year after your cat has completed their kitten vaccines, they will require boosters. At this time, your veterinarian may recommend pet-specific vaccines to give your pet more protection. Your cat will need boosters every 1 to 3 years.
What vaccines do they need?
All cats must have their core vaccines to protect them from life-threatening diseases. Core vaccines for cats include:
- Feline distemper: This is also referred to as parvo or panleukopenia. It is highly contagious and can cause death as it divides cells in the cat's bone marrow and intestines. This disease was once the leading cause of death in cats.
- Rabies: This affects the central nervous system of mammals bitten by a rabid animal. Cats can also become infected when they encounter the saliva of an infected animal. This disease can result in death.
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis: This is a herpesvirus that causes upper respiratory infections in cats. Once a cat is infected, they have it for life, but it can be dormant. Stress or other illness can cause it to be reactivated.
- Feline calicivirus: This virus spreads easily. It causes respiratory infections and oral disease. It can cause painful lameness in your pet's leg.
Our veterinarians may recommend non-core vaccines for your cat, such as Feline Leukemia and Bordetella, based on your cat's lifestyle.
Is it necessary to vaccinate my indoor cat?
Absolutely! Although indoor pets have less exposure to viruses, they are not entirely out of reach. Your cat can become infected by insects, other animals, or even contaminated objects inside your home.