Vaccination Services for Kittens and Cats
Oh happy day! You are officially the proud owner of a cute kitten. You definitely have your hands full shopping for their food, buying their toys and making sure they have a cozy and safe area to stay in your home. Another important task you should not forget is making sure your kitten if properly vaccinated. Vaccine protocols are an integral part of keeping your pet healthy. These are individualized for your pet taking into account age, vaccine history, risk factors, and location/travel. Here at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we will set up a custom vaccine schedule for your pet and send you reminders when your next appointment is due. Simply call us at 403.452.2060 for more details.
How many vaccines do kittens get?
At this stage, your kitten will receive multiple vaccines and booster shots. Feline friends can begin receiving vaccinations at around 6 to 8-weeks-old and they should get boosters every 3 to 4 weeks after that until they are 16-weeks-old. Your kitten will receive their core vaccines which protect against rabies, feline distemper, calicivirus and feline viral rhinotracheitis. Remember that the rabies vaccine is mandated by law – all pets need to receive it.
What are non-core vaccines for kittens?
In addition to their mandatory vaccines, your veterinarian may recommend non-core vaccines based on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure risk. These are optional vaccines. For example, a barn cat who may have different non-core vaccines than a house cat. Some of the non-core vaccines that may be suggested to you are FeLV (for when your cat turns 1-year-old), chlamydia felis, feline AIDS, and Bordetella Bronchiseptica.
Vaccination Services for Cats
In order to strengthen their immunity and maintain their protection against many harmful diseases, cats need to continue receiving vaccines even as they reach adulthood. Our veterinary team will monitor your pet’s immunity and help you stay on top of their vaccinations. Do not hesitate to call us to learn more.
How often do cats need to be vaccinated?
It depends on the vaccine at hand. The rabies vaccine, for instance is usually given once every year, while other vaccines can be administered once every three years. During a one-on-one consultation at the clinic, we will explain with you the frequency and schedule that will work best for your pet.
Do you need to vaccinate an indoor cat?
Absolutely! Even if they spend 100% of their time indoors, harmful parasites and diseases can still reach them through you, other people and objects you bring into your home. This is especially true if you have other animals around you.