Vaccines do a great job of protecting your pet from viruses. When your pet is vaccinated, they have a better quality of life, and the rest of your household will also be protected from zoonotic illnesses (diseases that can pass from animals to humans). At our hospital, we begin cat vaccinations when they are between 6 to 8-weeks-old and encourage boosters throughout adulthood. To discuss a vaccination plan for your pet, please contact us at 416-690-0625.
Is vaccination necessary for indoor cats?
Yes. Indoor cats are still at risk of catching viruses from insects and other animals. Some parasites can live indoors, especially during the cold months. It’s even possible that humans can bring parasites into the home.
Which vaccines are recommended for cats?
In most cases, your kitten or cat would have some of their vaccines when you welcome them home, but they may need other vaccines or boosters for an adequate level of immunity. We generally recommend the following vaccines:
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus (FVRCP): this vaccine is administered in various doses at 8,12,16, and 19 weeks old
- Rabies at 16 weeks old
- Feline Leukemia Virus at 12 and 16 weeks old
Will my pet react to vaccines?
It depends on your pet. Some will have mild reactions for up to 48 hours. It is completely normal if your pet has a fever, swelling at the injection site, diarrhea, or loss of appetite after they’ve been vaccinated.