Vaccines for Kittens & Cats

We recommend vaccinating your kitten starting at four to six weeks old and throughout adulthood.

Getting your kitten vaccinated is an important part of their health. The vaccines they receive in their first few years of life will protect them against a variety of contagious and harmful diseases that could stunt their development or even cause death. To create a vaccination plan for your feline friend, please contact us at 613-384-0986.

When does my kitten need their first vaccine?

Most kittens start getting vaccinated at six to eight weeks old. Vaccination typically follows a schedule, with new dosages being administered every four weeks, up until 16 weeks old. After that, boosters are given annually. The types of vaccinations your kitten receives will depend on factors like their lifestyle. Some vaccines are core, which means they’re necessary for all feline companions. On the other hand, non-core vaccines are only recommended by our veterinary team when your cat is more susceptible to certain health issues based on their lifestyle. We’ll discuss vaccination against the following diseases when we determine your kitten or cat’s vaccination plan:

  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis virus or distemper
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Feline panleukopenia
  • Rabies
  • Feline leukemia virus

How long do vaccinations last?

Vaccinations, without boosters, don’t last forever. Your adult dog or cat will typically need boosters every one to three years, depending on the vaccine. The vaccination to protect against distemper, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia is administered as one FVRCP combination vaccine. Depending on your cat’s risk of exposure to certain diseases, they could need more frequent boosters.

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