Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

As soon as you get a new pet, it’s important to take them to a veterinarian so they can establish a vaccine routine. Vaccinating your pet will stimulate an immune response to produce antibodies against preventable diseases. We offer kitten vaccine packages that give your pet ultimate protection. To learn more about our vaccine program, give us a call at 705-322-2661.

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Why are vaccines important?

There are many reasons why we recommend vaccines for your loyal companion:

  1. Vaccines can save your pet’s life. Many of the diseases your pet can develop can lead to death.
  2. They help protect other cats and people. Cats can spread Feline Leukemia to other cats through their saliva, and humans can catch Rabies from their pets.
  3. They are a safe and effective substitute for your cat’s first exposure. A fully vaccinated cat will have effective levels of immunity against diseases which means they won’t get sick.
  4. Vaccines save time and money. 

Which vaccines do kittens and cats need?

At Elmvale Veterinary Hospital, we provide the vaccines the law requires and pet-specific vaccines. Some vaccines protect your pet from diseases that have a high transmission rate and have the potential to spread to humans.  These are called core vaccines. Core cat vaccines include FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus and Panleukopenia) and Rabies. 

Vaccines like Feline Chlamydia, Feline Bordetella, and Feline Leukemia may be recommended for your pet. These are non-core vaccines and may be recommended for your pet because of their vaccine history, where they live, if they come in contact with other cats, or where they travel.

When should my cat be vaccinated?

Vaccinating your kitten is important because maternal immunity wears off when they are 2 to 4-months-old. For immunity, we recommend kittens begin vaccination when they are 6 to 8-weeks-of-age. Your kitten should get boosters every four weeks until they are 16 to 20-weeks-old. Adult cats need vaccines every 1 to 3 years, depending on how long the initial vaccine is effective.

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