Keeping your cat vaccinated is a crucial component of preventative health care. Vaccines contain an altered or killed virus which makes it safe for your loyal companion. By introducing this to their body the immune system learns how to create disease-fighting cells and build up immunity. To learn more about vaccines for your feline companion please call us at 613-732-3641.
When should my kitten be vaccinated?
Kittens start their vaccinations at 6-8 weeks and continue until they're 4 months old. If you've adopted a kitten, they likely have had some vaccines, which is important information for your vet to plan their ongoing care. After completing the initial series, boosters are needed about a year later to reinforce their immunity. The frequency of boosters, typically every 1 to 3 years, depends on the vaccine and your cat's lifestyle.
Which vaccines are necessary?
At our hospital, we follow the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) vaccine protocol. This ensures that your cherished feline gets vaccines that are mandatory (core) for their species and the ones that are necessary for your individual cat (non-core). Core vaccines for felines include:
- Feline Herpesvirus
After assessing your cat’s lifestyle your veterinarian may recommend additional vaccines. These may include Bordetella, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia.
Why would my kitten or cat need non-core vaccines?
These are recommended based on your cat's risk factors, including their health, age, travel, interactions with other animals, and exposure to wildlife. Non-core vaccines protect against highly likely illnesses.
Are there alternatives to vaccines?
No. Vaccines are the only way to give your cat immunity from deadly diseases. Our team ensures that your loyal companion only gets the necessary vaccines.