Cat Vaccines

My kitten was vaccinated at 6 weeks. I was told I didn’t have to have them vaccinated again.

Any vaccine that are given to a kitten before 7 weeks are considered a temporary vaccine as the kitten may still be nursing and the antibodies in the mother’s milk may not make the vaccine as effective.  As a result your kitten still needs vaccinations.  

What am I vaccinating my kitten for?

Feline panleukopenia- This feline parvo virus is very dangerous for unvaccinated animals.  Cats can be infected by coming in contact with urine, feces or nasal secretions from an infected cat.  Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, and fever.

Rhinotracheitis-This is a highly contagious virus that can be transmitted from infected cats through nasal, mouth and eye secretions.  It can even be transmitted through dishes, cages and toys used by infected felines.  Symptoms include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, ulcers in the mouth and pneumonia. 

Calicivirus- This highly contagious virus can be transmitted through the air, contaminated surfaces and coming in contact with infected animals.  Symptoms include lethargy, fever, ulcers, nasal discharge and difficulty breathing.  

Rabies– This fatal virus can be transmitted to your kitten through a bite or scratch from an infected animal. This includes infected saliva/blood that comes in contact with your pets own wounds.  It can even be transmitted to humans.  The rabies vaccine is required by law. Some of the symptoms include foaming at the mouth, incoordination, and loss of appetite, weakness, seizures and sudden death. 

What other vaccines should I consider for my kitten?

If there is even a small possibility of your kitten getting outside and coming in contact with other cats you should consider vaccinating against feline leukemia.  This disease can be transmitted from fighting with other cats, grooming, and using dishes from infected animals.  

Symptoms include, abscesses, weight loss, persistent diarrhea and anemia.  

My kitten seems quiet, not wanting to eat after getting their vaccines.  Should I be concerned?

It is common for your kitten to feel sleepy, not interested too much in eating 12-24 hours after getting their vaccine.  If your kitten is having a hard time breathing, and has swelling in the injection site or vomiting and diarrhea should be reported to the clinic.  

When do I vaccinate my kitten?

1st PRC (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus)

-7-10 weeks

2nd PRC (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus)

-11-14 weeks

3rd PRC (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus)/Rabies

-15-18 weeks

Can add FeLV (feline leukemia) which can be done after 12 weeks of age.   

***Cats still need to be seen yearly for booster vaccines regardless if they are indoor or not.***