Cat Vaccinations

Cat Vaccinations From Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C.

Cats make wonderful pets. They are very self-sufficient, and they are very affectionate and loving. If you are planning to adopt a cat, you should understand the importance of cat vaccines. Regular vaccines can prevent the incubation and the transmission of very serious and fatal feline diseases. If you don't know much about cat vaccines, read on.

Cat Getting A Vaccination

What Cat Vaccines Are Recommended?

The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends a variety of vaccines for your cat. These include:

  • Rabies
  • Feline leukemia
  • Calicivirus
  • Bordetella
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Panleukopenia

When Does My Cat Need His Vaccines?

There is a certain schedule that your veterinarian will follow when it comes to vaccinating your cat. When your cat is still a kitten, he will require vaccines from the time he is six to ten week through 15 weeks old.

  • 6 to 10 weeks: FVRCP (Feline Distemper)
  • 11 to 14 weeks: FVRCP, FeLV (Feline Leukemia), and Bordetella
  • Over 15 weeks: FVRCP, FeLV, and the rabies vaccine.

The schedule that your vet sets may differ based on your kitten's health and the schedule availability.

When your cat is no longer a kitten, he will still need to be vaccinated. When you take your cat for his annual checkup, he will need a booster of FVRCP and rabies. If your cat is an outdoor cat who goes out unsupervised, the vet may also recommend annual FeLV vaccines. If your vet sees fit, he may also suggest giving your cat one of the other vaccines recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Will My Cat Experience Side Effects From the Vaccines?

Most cats experience no side effects from the vaccines. Most cats who do experience side effects have only minor reactions that last just a day or two. It is rare for a cat to experience more serious side effects; however, there are certain symptoms that you should watch for. These include:

  • Excessive sneezing
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Redness or swelling around the injection site
  • Hives
  • Loss of appetite

If your cat experiences any of the side effects listed above, you should contact your veterinarian.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Cat Vaccines?

As mentioned above, it is possible for your cat to experience side effects; however, the benefits of cat vaccinations outweigh the risk. In most cases, the side effects will be temporary and minor. If you neglect to have your cat vaccinated and he contracts a disease, it could be fatal.

When you first bring your new cat home, you should make an appointment with Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C. Our Johnston vet will give your cat a complete checkup. We will also set up a schedule for your cat vaccinations in Johnston. If you want your cat to live a long and healthy life, vaccinations and regular checkups are necessary.  

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