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.