Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
Vaccines for Kittens
Vaccines play a major role in your pet’s health is the simplest, safest and most effective way to prevent a number of diseases and illnesses. Vaccines work by stimulating the animal’s immune system to recognize and react when the animal layer is exposed to a disease organism. The defence of a vaccine does gradually decline over time. We recommend continued immunity with regular boosters. Feel free to call us at 613.622.1700 to schedule your kitten’s vaccine appointment and to ask any further questions about their wellbeing.
When should kittens get their first vaccination?
At Gillies Grove Animal Hospital, we start a series of vaccines at your pet’s pediatric examinations and continue through their adult years. If your pet’s vaccine history is unknown, we will tailor a schedule, individual to your pet’s needs and lifestyle.
How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?
The first round of kitten vaccine is usually given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks.
Does my kitten only need core vaccines?
Your veterinarian will discuss with you the need for non-core vaccines, depending on lifestyle and risk.
Vaccines for Cats
Vaccines are meant to protect your cat lifelong from various diseases and illnesses. They are broken into two categories. Core vs non-core. The ‘core’ vaccines are those that are must-have (including the rabies vaccine, which is mandated by law) while ‘non-core’ vaccines are optional. By calling us or scheduling an appointment, we can recommend which vaccines are right for your pet. It is vital that your adult cat continues to receive their vaccines in order to keep them protected from preventable diseases all their life.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
Absolutely! It is important to protect them from diseases that may be brought in by other pets, picked up while visiting the hospital or animal parks, and even those rare occasions when they sneak out!
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
Vaccines are broken into two categories; core and non-core. The core meaning widespread risk and non-core as optional, depending on the risk for your geographical location and lifestyle of your pet.
- Feline Core Vaccines: Rabies, Panleukopenia, Feline calicivirus, Feline rhinotracheitis.
- Feline Non-Core Vaccines: Feline leukemia, Chlamydia
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Core vaccines are given every 1 to 3 years in adulthood depending on lifestyle and risk factors.