Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

When your kitten/cat is vaccinated you are strengthening their immune system to fight off illnesses. Your furry friend relies on you to take care of their health and the first step in doing this is to have them vaccinated. To ensure that kittens and cats are protected, the law requires them to be vaccinated against Rabies. The FVRCP and Feline Leukemia vaccines are also considered as mandatory or core vaccines. We treat every patient individually and so we consider all the risk factors that are unique to your pet when recommending vaccines. We encourage you to reach out to our team to discuss the vaccines that your pet needs.

When should my kitten or cat be vaccinated?

The general timeline for cat vaccines is based on indoor cats. Cats and kittens should be kept inside and away from other animals until they are fully vaccinated. Kittens should receive their first shots around 6-weeks-old.

  • At 6 to 10 weeks they should get FVRCP (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus)
  • 11 to 14 weeks: FVRCP and Feline Leukemia
  • 16 weeks and older: Rabies, FVRCP and Feline Leukemia

    Adult cats need booster shots one year after they have completed their kitten series. Our team will determine which booster shots your cat needs. To get your furry friend enrolled in a vaccination program call 250.724.4444.

    What can I expect when my kitten or cat is vaccinated?

    Despite the mild side effects that some pets may experience after being vaccinated, the benefits outweigh the effects. Not every cat experiences side effects and if they do the symptoms last no more than two days. Some regular side effects to look out for are: lethargy, fever, loss of appetite and swelling around the area where they received the vaccine. If the symptoms continue for more than 48 hours, reach out to us for further instructions.

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