Feline Recommended Vaccine Schedule:
Initial Kitten Vaccines can start between 6 and 8 weeks of age but we recommend the following schedule:
** Please note that if vaccines are started at 6 weeks of age, additional boosters will be given every 3-4 weeks until they are a minimum of 16 weeks of age to ensure adequate immunity has developed against the pathogens for which we are vaccinating for.
|8 Weeks of Age||
**Please not that some intestinal parasites require a different form of dewormer which is why we recommend running a fecal in addition to our administering our routine dewormer. Some intestinal parasites are zoonotic and it is best to use caution when handling your kitten’s feces until they have had their fecal testing done.
|12 Weeks of Age||
|16 Weeks of Age||
One year later your cat will be due for the following:
- Rabies – This vaccine will be due every year for your cat as we do not use the three year unless your cat is an outdoor or feral cat that can only be caught once every few years. Please note that the three year rabies can cause vaccine associated sarcomas in cats and is not the recommended choice by the American Veterinary Association.
- FVRCP – After the first initial series is completed, your cat will be covered against “Feline Distemper” for one year. At the one year point, a three year FVRCP vaccine can be given thereafter pending they remain up to date on the vaccine.
- Feline Leukemia – This vaccine will be due every year for your cat if it is one that either lives with a leukemia positive cat or is a fully or partially outdoor cat with the risk of coming into contact with a leukemia positive cat (a large majority of feral cats are leukemia positive). If your cat is strictly indoor, the American Veterinary Association recommends that they be vaccinated in a two part series as kittens and then boostered one year after with no annual boosters following. This is enough to offer limited protection on the off chance that they accidentally get outside with the understanding that they are a low risk group of felines.
Feline Vaccine Definitions:
- FVRCP – “Feline Distemper” which covers most upper respiratory viral infections that cats commonly get
o Feline Panleukopenia: This viral infection behaves like a parvo virus affecting the bone marrow.
o Herpes and Calici Virus: These are viral upper respiratory tract infections that can cause chronic infections if the cat is exposed and not vaccinated. Commonly these will affect the eyes as well.
- Felv – Feline Leukemia is a retroviral infection that has no cure or effective therapy. All kittens should receive this vaccine at 12 and 16 weeks of age and again at one year of age. Outdoor cats or cats exposed to outdoor cats should be vaccinated every year for this viral infection.
- Rabies – Feline rabies vaccines are generally given annually with a non-adjuvant one year rabies vaccine to protect against the rabies virus. Some clinics use a three year rabies vaccine which has been linked to vaccine associated sarcomas due to the adjuvant contained in the vaccine. Please note that the rabies vaccine is legally required in all 50 States for both dogs and cats no matter the indoor/outdoor status of the pet.