Cats and kittens can develop harmful diseases if they are not protected. Vaccines prevent your pet from catching viruses and passing them on to other animals or even humans. It's a common belief that indoor cats don't need to be vaccinated, but this isn't true. Though they are less exposed to certain diseases, indoor cats still need protection. When you decide to get your pet vaccinated, it's important that you are knowledgeable about their schedule and have access to the vaccines they need. That's what we aim to provide at our hospital. To learn more about vaccines for your pet, please contact us at 705-270-0800.
How do I know which vaccines my cat needs?
Pet owners must consult their local veterinarian to learn which vaccines their kitten or cat needs. Our veterinarians know which vaccines are required by law (core) and can help determine the pet-specific (non-core) vaccines that your pet may need. Core vaccines protect kittens and cats from fatal diseases like:
● Feline panleukopenia virus
● Feline calicivirus
● Feline viral rhinotracheitis, also known as herpes virus (FHV)
● Feline leukemia virus for kittens
Non-core vaccines are essential only for pets exposed to certain diseases. Our team may recommend feline chlamydia, feline bordetella, or feline leukemia for adult pets if your pet is at risk of catching those diseases.
At what age should my pet be vaccinated?
Kittens should have their first vaccine when they are about 6 to 8-weeks-old. Your kitten will need boosters every 4 weeks until they are 16-weeks-old. We vaccinate adult cats every 1 to 3 years after they have completed their kitten series.
How safe are vaccines for my cat?
Vaccines are 100% safe for your pet. Each formula undergoes rigorous testing to ensure they are both effective and safe for your loyal companion. Occasionally some pets will have a reaction to some of their vaccines. The symptoms may include a lump at the injection site, loss of appetite, fever, or fatigue. Not all pets will experience these reactions, but if they do, it will last for a day or two.