Cat Vaccinations Veterinarian

Vaccinations are an indispensable part of your cat’s Preventative Healthcare. In many cases, they mean the difference between life and death, as some of the diseases we routinely vaccinate against have the potential to kill your cat. The following are a few of the most important vaccinations.

Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all pets under state law. All cats, even those that stay indoors, must be current on their rabies vaccination. If you do not bring in records showing that your cat is up to date on the rabies vaccine, we may need to re-vaccinate him or her. This law is set in place because the rabies virus is a zoonotic disease, which means that it can be transmitted between animals and people. It is nearly always fatal in any creature infected with it—be that a wild animal, a pet, or a human being.

FVRCP protects three airborne viruses, all of which have the potential to be lethal. These are feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis and calicivirus both may cause upper respiratory infections, signs of which include mild to severe nasal discharge, tongue ulcers, redness, and pain of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Panleukopenia, also called feline parvovirus or feline distemper, attacks the GI and immune systems.

The result is that both systems can become compromised, leaving the cat unable to fight off further infections and to absorb nutrients. The FVRCP vaccine is given on multiple occasions. Initially, every 3-4 weeks from the age of 9 weeks until the kitten has reached between 16-18 weeks of age, to ensure complete immunity. After that, we will booster the FVRCP vaccine at each annual checkup to ensure that your cat maintains his or her immunity.

Vaccinations for Your Cat

Cats can be born with the feline leukemia virus or contract it after birth via intimate contact with another cat. In the latter case, transmission occurs when a kitten or young cat comes into contact with an infected cat via the milk of his or her mother, grooming, or fighting. This is most common among outdoor cats or those in multi-cat households. The disease primarily attacks the infected cat’s immune system and can potentially lead to several kinds of cancer. This virus is among the leading causes of death in cats.

The vaccination prevents the transmission of this life-threatening disease to healthy cats. It can even help protect cats who have already been infected with the feline leukemia virus from contracting other types of cancers related to this disease. Kittens should be given two vaccinations and a booster when they reach one-year-old. Adult cats who go outside are also at risk and should be re-vaccinated on an annual basis.