Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccines are necessary to give cats and kittens protection from diseases. Each vaccine contains a virus that is killed or altered which makes it safe for them. By introducing a safe amount of virus to your pet’s body, their immune system learns how to form disease-fighting cells and build up immunity. This means that in the future your cherished companion will have a better chance of resisting the virus once they are fully vaccinated. Kittens need to begin vaccination when they are 6 to 8-weeks-old. Cats need their first boosters a year after completing their kitten series. To learn more about vaccines for your kitten or cat, reach out to us at 403-249-3411.

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What vaccines does my cat or kitten need?

Cats and kittens need vaccines that protect them from diseases that are widespread and can cause serious health issues. All cats and kittens need the following vaccines:

  1. Rabies
  2. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes)
  3. Feline Distemper (Panleukopenia)
  4. Feline Calicivirus

Why would my pet need non-core vaccines?

Your loyal companion may need non-core vaccines if a particular disease poses a threat to them. We consider your pet’s health status, if there are other cats within the home, their exposure to feral cats or wild animals, whether they travel or board, and their age. These factors can make them more susceptible to developing diseases like feline leukemia and Bordetella.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines undergo various safety trials before they are given to pets. Occasionally some patients will have a mild reaction within the first 24 to 48 hours of receiving the vaccine. Some pets will experience fatigue, fever or a painful lump at the injection site.

Are there alternatives to vaccines?

No, there aren’t any other options to protect your feline friend from diseases. Though there are tests that can measure your pet’s antibody levels (titres), it’s not applicable to all infectious diseases. Titre levels along with the prevalence of diseases in your pet’s surroundings can be used to determine how often your pet will need booster shots.

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