Feline Vaccines

Why are they important?

The Immune System and Vaccines

The Immune System protects our pets, and us too, from lots of things - from allergens to life threatening diseases. Vaccinating is very important because it gives them an active immunity to the virus. The vaccine is either modified or killed cells of the disease that spark the immune system to make antibodies to protect the animal. After antibodies are created, if your pet gets exposed to the disease, they have a better chance against fighting it.

What vaccines are required for my kitty?

Panleukopenia

Panleukopenia is a highly contagious, life threatening disease that can be found anywhere that is not disinfected regularly. If your cat has this, you might find: a fever, dehydration, appetite loss, diarrhea and/or vomiting, and almost no white blood cells.
When does my kitty need this vaccine?
There are two vaccines 2-4 weeks apart, then a booster at 1 year, after that, booster every 3 years.

Calicivirus

Calicivirus is a virus that causes a mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include: runny eyes and nose, sneezing, depression, poor appetite, ulcers on tongue/hard palate, and excessive drooling.

When is the vaccine needed?

Two vaccines 2-4 weeks apart, a booster at 1 year, then booster every 3 years.

Feline Herpesvirus 1

Feline Herpesvirus - Type 1 is like a kitty cold. It is the most common type of upper respiratory infection and symptoms include: sneezing, runny nose and eyes, coughing, a fever up to 106°F, poor appetite, and eye ulcers.

Vaccine Schedule:

Two vaccines 2-4 weeks apart, a booster at 1 year, then booster every 3 years.

Rabies

BEWARE! Rabies has a zoonotic potential, which means you can get it too! Rabies is incurable and effects the nervous system of the animal in 3 stages:
  • nervous and withdrawn
  • aggressive
  • paralysis and inability to swallow
When is the vaccine given?

The first vaccine is given at 12 weeks, a booster at 1 year, then either yearly or every three years depending on your vet.

Are there any others?

Yes, but these are only based on life style of your cat.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

This is what you think it is, cancer. There is no treatment for this, but if your cat has it, he/she may just have a poor look: poor coat, poor appetite, depression, etc. This is only recommended for cats at high risk.


Feline Immunmodeficiency Virus (FIV)

These cats may appear normal for years, because their immune system is suppressed. These cats also start to just look poor when they show symptoms: appetite loss, poor coat, and gum inflammation. This is also only recommended for cats at high risk.