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Cat Vaccinations

Your cat counts on you for protection. One of the best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that he/she is vaccinated against common feline diseases. Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. By vaccinating your pet, you help protect your furry friend from various diseases. Vaccinating your cat annually helps lessen the spread of infectious diseases throughout pet populations. Vaccinating against zoonotic diseases, such as Rabies, not only protects your pet but you as well. A little prevention can save you dollars in treatment and extend the life of your pet.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

The short answer is yes. Indoor cats should be vaccinated regularly. They have different needs than outdoor cats, so their vaccines and vaccine schedule may be different from a “higher risk” outdoor cat.

What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?

FVRCP is a combination vaccine that protects your cat against Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia Virus. These viruses are highly contagious, sometimes fatal and are difficult to eradicate in the environment.

How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?

Adult cats need a routine vaccination schedule that is tailored to their lifestyle. Cats that received the full booster series of vaccines as kittens should be re-vaccinated every one to three years based on lifestyle risk assessment.

Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?

Cat vaccines are considered very safe. However, they can still cause reactions in a very small number of pets. Your cat may feel tired or painful at the injection site, may run a fever for 24 hours after vaccination, or even may skip a meal. Treatment may not be required. Very rarely, a cat may develop facial itchiness or a generalized allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, or collapse. If any of these symptoms occur after vaccination, contact your veterinarian immediately.