Vaccinations are available to protect your cat against a specific disease or virus. Just as in humans, vaccinations are not 100% effective. Some vaccines will only decrease the symptoms, while others will help provide protection against a virus. All of the vaccinations covered are available for your pet. Each pet’s history and lifestyle should be evaluated when making a choice about vaccinations.
Recommended for all kittens and adults:
Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR): A common respiratory infection of cats which can be fatal in kittens. Sneezing, decreased appetite, and fever, followed by a thick discharge from the eyes and nose are often observed. Rhinotracheitis also has a chronic state, in which recovered cats become carriers for life. These carriers may or may not experience signs of the disease, and will shed the virus intermittently. Transmission of the virus requires direct contact with infectious secretions.
Calicivirus (FCV): An upper respiratory infection of cats with similar signs of FVR. In addition, ulcers may be seen on the tongue and in the mouth. FCV also has a carrier state, in which healthy looking cats are carriers of the virus. Infection is acquired by ingestion or inhalation of infectious virus present in saliva, secretions or excretions from affected cats.
Panleukopenia (FPV): A widespread and potentially fatal disease which may cause a sudden onset of sever vomiting and diarrhea, fever, and loss of appetite. It is extremely dangerous in kittens, but can be fatal in adults. Even when recovery occurs, a normal looking kitten may shed the virus for up to 6 weeks. The virus is shed in secretions and excretions from infected animals.
Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP) is included in one vaccine. This vaccine should be given to kittens starting at 6 weeks of age and boostered every 3-4 weeks until the kitten is 15-16 weeks of age. Adult cats will be evaluated based on their environment.
Leukemia (FeLV): Infection with this virus can cause more serious disease and death in cats. The virus decreases the ability of the immune system to respond to infection and may lead to the development of different types on cancer. FeLV is passed from cat to cat by direct contact. It is not contagious to people. FeLV is the leading cause of death in cats.
FeLV is given to kittens starting at 10 weeks of age and boostered in 3-4 weeks. It is then recommended yearly for those adults that are exposed to outdoor cats.
Rabies: A fatal viral infection of the central nervous system that can affect all mammals, including humans. The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Routine vaccination is the key to controlling this deadly disease.
Rabies is required by law, and can be given at 12 weeks of age. We advise giving Rabies vaccines for all cats on a yearly basis, although a 3 year vaccine is available.