From their playfulness to the constant purring, kittens and cats are adorable companions. They need to be vaccinated to have the right start in life. Vaccinations should take place at various times from birth and during their adult life. The veterinarian will recommend certain vaccines if your pet has a high chance of catching those viruses. We encourage you to contact us today at 403-932-5875 to book a vaccination appointment for your pet.
What age should kittens be vaccinated?
We recommend that kittens begin vaccinations when they are around 6 to 8-weeks-old. The veterinarian will administer vaccines every few weeks until they are 16-weeks-old. During this time, our team will ensure your feline companion gets all their necessary vaccines.
Which vaccines should my kitten or cat get?
The first vaccines your pet should get are those classified as core. These are recommended by all veterinarians as they protect from highly infectious diseases seen worldwide. As your cat gets older, we will administer additional vaccines. Here's a general timeline of when core and non-core vaccines are administered:
- 6-8 weeks: FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) is a core vaccine administered in different doses. Your kitten may also be given FeLV which is only considered core for young cats.
- 10-12 weeks: Another dose of FVRCP and FeLV
- 14-16 weeks: Final dose of FVRCP and FeLV, along with a Rabies vaccine
A year after finishing their kitten series vaccines, our team will discuss boosters for adults. Rabies is boosted every year, and FVRCP every 3 years. Your veterinarian will examine your cat's risk of catching other diseases and decide on appropriate vaccination.
Do indoor cats need vaccines?
Yes. Although house cats are less exposed, they still need immunity for when they come in contact with viruses. As much as you think your home is safe, parasites can make their way inside. Your feline companion can also venture outside when you aren't looking.