What Vaccinations Does Your Kitten Need?
- Posted on: Nov 15 2019
The core vaccines are those that all cats need to have. These include vaccines that protect against common and life threatening diseases including upper respiratory diseases (FVRCP), Panleukopenia (Feline Leukemia), and Rabies. Often these vaccines are given as a series. The first FVRCP vaccine can be given as early as six weeks of age and needs booster shots every three to four weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks old. The first Feline Leukemia vaccine can be given as early as eight weeks old and needs one booster shot about three to four weeks after the initial vaccination. The first Rabies vaccine can be given as early as 12 weeks old and does not need any boosters after the initial vaccination.
Non-core vaccines may be necessary depending on your kitten’s medical history, lifestyle and other factors. Vaccines against Feline Leukemia, FIV and Chlamydia felis can help protect your kitten against these less common illnesses. Some pet owners consider all of these necessary. Your veterinarian can help you decide when, why and which of these vaccines you may want to give your kitten depending on their risk of exposure and susceptibility.
Your kitten will need to get booster shots annually after the initial series of core and non-core vaccines throughout their lifetime. Like humans, it is important to take your cat in for an annual preventative care exam so that they can get a wellness checkup and update their vaccinations. The wellness checkup not only is an important opportunity for a veterinarian to check for any health issues and ensure that your pet is at optimal health, but also gives you, the owner, a chance to ask any questions to and alleviate any concerns you might have about your pet’s health and their ongoing and future care. FVRCP, Rabies and Feline Leukemia vaccines all need annual boosters to ensure complete and comprehensive disease prevention.
You may need to get your kitten additional vaccines if you plan on getting another pet, letting your cat go outdoors, or traveling with your feline companion. If your cat has been in a physical altercation with another animal, along with wound care and infection prevention, they may also need a booster to make certain they are protected against certain diseases that could be contracted from close contact and exchange of bodily fluids with another animal.
If you’ve recently adopted a new kitten and would like to inquire about getting started on vaccinations, contact Heart of Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital today to schedule a preventative care exam with one of our veterinarians, all of whom specialize in feline and canine health care.