Vaccines are a safe way to protect your pet’s life. When your pet is vaccinated, their immune system learns how to create antibodies against potentially fatal diseases. All cats have a different level of exposure to viruses due to where they live, their lifestyle, vaccination history and where your pet came from. Our team considers all of these factors when recommending vaccines for your pet. We believe each patient should have a unique vaccine schedule.
What vaccines may be recommended for my cat/kitten?
Your pet will need two types of vaccines: core and non-core. Core vaccines are required by law for all cats, and a veterinarian recommends non-core for pets based on exposure to certain conditions. Core vaccines are the first shots given to your pet; they include rabies and FVRCP. The non-core vaccines your pet may need are feline leukemia, bordetella and feline chlamydia.
When should my cat be vaccinated?
Kittens will receive their first shots beginning at 6 to 8 weeks of age and continue with the series every 3 or 4 weeks until they are 16-weeks-old. At the first visit, your pet will receive their FVRCP shot, and the second visit will include an FVRCP booster and their first feline leukemia vaccine. The third visit will consist of their rabies shot and a feline leukemia booster. Our veterinarian will recommend booster shots annually or every three years. To get your pet vaccinated, reach out to us at 604-856-7707.
Will my indoor cat need vaccines?
Yes. Being an indoor pet, your cat is not immune to contracting viruses. There are many instances where your pet can be exposed to viruses as they are very curious. We recommend vaccinating indoor cats as they can escape at any time, come in contact with other pets or pick up airborne viruses and develop diseases.