Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccines can improve the quality of life that your pet will have. In veterinary medicine, all vaccines have gone through numerous trials to ensure they do a great job at protecting your pet from diseases. At Lauzon Veterinary Hospital, we provide all the vaccines required by law and assess our patients’ individual exposure risks when recommending other vaccines.

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When should I have my cat or kitten vaccinated?

Kittens need a full round of vaccines when they are young. The vaccination schedule we usually create for kittens begins when they are 6-weeks-old. 

  1. At 6 to 10-weeks-old they should receive FVRCP (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus)
  2. At 11 to 14-weeks-old we administer a second dose of FVRCP and Feline Leukemia
  3. At 16-weeks-old and over, they should receive Rabies, FVRCP and Feline Leukemia

Adult cats are given boosters one year after completing their kitten series. Your veterinarian may recommend vaccines for feline distemper, rabies, FVRCP and leukemia.

Should my indoor cat be vaccinated?

Yes! Many viruses that your indoor cat can contract are airborne. If they come in contact with other animals in the home, they can catch diseases. Cats are also very adventurous and will seize every opportunity to run outside through an open window or door.

What should I expect when my pet is vaccinated?

Vaccines are essential as they train your pet’s immune system to fight off certain viruses. When your pet is vaccinated, it is normal for them to have mild and short-lived reactions. The side effects that your pet may experience last no more than two days and aren’t usually a cause for concern. Your pet may experience the following side effects:

  • Fever
  • Swelling at the injection site
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

We encourage you to call us if these symptoms are prolonged. Reach out to us at 519-948-7727.

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