Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

As pet parents ourselves, we know the absolute joy that an adorable kitten can bring into your life. As you enjoy this precious stage of your pet’s life, we want to remind you about the importance of getting them vaccinated, so they remain healthy and in good spirits. Vaccines protect pets against many dangerous parasites, diseases and infections that can be potentially life threatening. To learn more about how our team can keep your pet protected and properly immune, please call us at 403.239.4657.

When should kittens be vaccinated?

In the veterinary community, we typically vaccinate kittens when they are about 6- to 8-weeks-old. They would then need repeat injections or booster shots every 3 to 4 weeks until they are approximately 4 months of age. More often than not, your kitten will receive their first series of shots during their first visit or consultation at the clinic.

What vaccines do kittens need?

Vaccines are categorized as core or non-core vaccines. At this point in their development, we will administer the core or mandatory vaccines that protect against the most common diseases that affect feline patients. These vaccines are those that make your pet immune towards calicivirus, rabies, feline distemper and feline herpes.

Do indoor kittens need to be vaccinated?

Absolutely. Parasites and disease can still make their way to your indoor pet by way of you, other people, other animals and objects you bring into your home. Even those who live in high rises are not exempt from this. Throughout their life, your indoor pet may need less optional or non-core vaccines versus cats who spend time outside, but they still need the basic protection provided by core vaccines.

Vaccinations for Cats

Yay! Your cherished kitten has fully matured into an adult cat. Seeing your pet thrive into their adult years also brings our team so much joy and pride. Did you know that cats need vaccinations all their life? We need to continue working together to ensure they remain protected from preventable diseases they can catch from parasites and other furry friends. To learn more about our vaccine services for cats, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

What vaccines do cats need?

As your cat grows, we can tailor their vaccine schedule and the type of vaccines they need that will best suit your lifestyle. Cats still need their core vaccines that can be given once every 2 to 3 years. We cannot let too much time pass in between shots as this will weaken the “boosting” effect of the next injections. During your cat’s annual or bi-annual exams, we will be able to assess their immunization needs. There are some vaccines not needed by all cats. For example, the one that protects against Feline Leukemia is typically only given to outdoor cats or barn cats who roam freely in nature.


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Last updated: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic