Cat Vaccine Primer: Learn About the Types of Feline Vaccinations
Taking good care of your pets is a top priority for many pet owners. One way that you can do this is to ensure they have the proper vaccines. For cat owners, the feline vaccine recommendations and schedules are sometimes mystifying. The professionals at Companion Pet Clinic-Cascade Park can discuss your cat’s lifestyle with you and make recommendations about appropriate cat vaccines.
What Feline Vaccinations Does Your Pet Need?
The American Association of Feline Practitioners divides cat vaccinations into two groups: core and non-core. The core vaccines are the ones that all cats should receive. The non-core vaccines are given based on the cat’s location and types of activities. Typically, cats that spend time outdoors will require more vaccines than ones who live solely indoors. Be sure that you let your cat’s veterinarian know what your cat does so they can ensure the feline receives the right vaccinations.
Core Feline Vaccinations
There are two core vaccinations that the AAFP notes kittens and cats should receive. These two feline vaccinations can help to prevent serious conditions.
- Panleukopenia virus/herpesvirus-1 and Feline Calicivirus: A series of shots as a kitten then a two-dose booster after 16 weeks old, followed by boosters every one to three years
- Rabies: Often required by law. Vaccination as a kitten, which is followed by one does 12 months later. Future doses are one or three years, depending on the local requirements
Panleukopenia is better known as parvovirus, which is a highly infectious and often fatal disease. Feline herpesvirus causes upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, oral ulcers, and conjunctivitis. Feline calicivirus also causes upper respiratory infections, but can also lead to hair loss, hepatitis, and death. Rabies is also transmissible to humans and can be fatal.
Non-Core Feline Vaccinations
The no-core feline vaccinations are either highly recommended, not generally recommended, or recommended based on the specific factors.
- Feline leukemia virus: Highly recommended
- Feline immunodeficiency virus: Only for cats at high risk of infection
- Feline infectious peritonitis: Not generally recommended
- Chlamydophila felis: Only for multi-cat situations that meet specific criteria
- Bordetella bronchiseptica: Only for cats at risk of infection
- Feline giardia: Not generally recommended
Contact Our Vancouver, WA Veterinarian for Feline Vaccinations
The professionals at Companion Pet Clinic-Cascade Park know that Vancouver, WA pet owners want to keep their animals healthy. Contact us today to schedule your cat vaccine appointment so you can ensure your feline has the protection necessary from diseases that can lead to serious health issues.