Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
Vaccinations for Kittens
Yay! If you’re on this page, chances are you are now the fortunate owner of a kitten. Soak in all of the fun and cute moments brought by your new feline friend! But, do remember that as their new guardian, you are responsible for keeping them as healthy as possible. Getting your kitten vaccinated is the first step. By doing so, you will give them an increased chance of staying strong all their life.
When should kittens get their first vaccination?
At Morrisburg Animal Hospital, we recommend that kittens are given their first vaccination at 6 to 8 weeks of age.
How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?
Although every kitten is different, most are given a vaccine every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16-weeks-old.
Why is it important to vaccinate my kitten?
At this stage in their life, your kitten’s immune system has not yet fully developed. By making sure that they are vaccinated, you will protect them from feline distemper, respiratory infections, leukemia, calicivirus and rabies – conditions that they have a high chance of getting if left unprotected.
Does my kitten only need core vaccines?
Not necessarily. Depending on your home environment and lifestyle, your cat may need more vaccines. For example, cats who spend a lot of time outside or travelling are going to need added protection. To find out more about our vaccine services and to schedule your pet’s next appointment simply call us at 613.543.2812 and we would be happy to speak with you.
Vaccinations for Cats
Your fully grown cat may be strong and independent, but they still need to be protected with vaccines. The doses they received when they were kittens will not provide them protection all their life. Their immunity still needs to be boosted with further vaccine shots, as the effects of previous vaccines wear off over time.
How often do cats need to be vaccinated?
Here at Morrisburg Animal Hospital, our feline patients are typically revaccinated every one to three years. As we mentioned earlier, some cats may need more or less doses, depending on their unique needs.
Do indoor cats need to be vaccinated?
Absolutely! Even cats who have never stepped foot outside your house or high-rise unit need to be protected. Harmful diseases can reach them through you, other animals in your home, as well as through pests and other people. The rabies vaccine, for example, is one that your pet needs to get and is legally required in most places.