Just like humans, your feline friend is susceptible to developing diseases due to viruses in their surroundings. In veterinary medicine, scientists have spent years of research to create vaccines to give your feline pet protection. For immunity it is recommended kittens get their first vaccines when they are 6-8 weeks of age and given boosters every four weeks until they are 16 to 20-weeks-old. To prevent our patients from missing any doses or getting over-vaccinated we create a vaccination plan that caters to their individual needs. To discuss a vaccination schedule for your pet, we encourage you to call us at 604-591-5304.
What are core and non-core vaccines for kittens and cats?
Core vaccines are mandatory because they protect your loyal companion from fatal diseases. The core vaccines your kitten/cat needs are:
- Feline panleukopenia virus
- Rabies Virus
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis also known as herpes virus (FHV)
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) essential for kittens
Non-core vaccines are also important but they are recommended by a veterinarian based on the patient’s risk factors. Some non-core vaccines are:
- Feline chlamydia
- Feline bordetella
- Feline leukemia virus for adults
Do kittens need vaccines if their mother is vaccinated?
Yes they do. If the mother is properly vaccinated she will pass on maternal antibodies to her kittens. Antibodies are given in the uterus and through milk. The antibodies however, don’t give your kitten enough immunity for the rest of their life. Maternal immunity begins to wear off when they are 2 to 4-months-old.
Are there risks to getting my cat vaccinated?
All pets react differently to vaccines and occasionally your furry friend may have side effects. The reactions that pets have to vaccines are very mild and go away within 24-48 hours. Some side effects include vomiting, fever, soreness at the injection site, loss of appetite, diarrhea or fatigue. Your veterinarian will advise you on what to do to manage their symptoms.