Cat Vaccinations
Recommended Vaccines to Protect Your Cat

Cat vaccinations provide 'active immunity' to your kitten or cat. As many infectious cat diseases are fatal to kittens (and adult cats) it is preferable that they receive feline vaccinations.

Kittens receive 'passive immunity' from their mother's colostrum or 'first milk'. This immunity is short-lived and disappears after about 12 weeks.

A kitten can also obtain 'active immunity' if it contracts and survives the disease.




cat vaccines schedule


This is a guide - your veterinarian will provide you with the ideal course of treatment based on your cat's health, risk profile and country you live in.


essential cat vaccinations

Vaccine
Kitten Age
Booster
*Feline Panleucopenia Virus (aka Feline Infectious Enteritis, Feline Distemper vaccine or Feline Parvovirus)

First vaccine at 8 weeks.

2nd vaccine at 12 weeks

3rd vaccine at 16 weeks

Can start at 6 weeks with 3- 4 week intervals until kitten is 16 weeks old

1st Booster 1 year after the last dose of the initial series and every 3 years thereafter

*Feline Herpes Virus (aka Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis aka Cat Influenza or Cat Flu

First vaccine at 8 weeks.

2nd vaccine at 12 weeks

3rd vaccine at 16 weeks

Can start at 6 weeks with 3- 4 week intervals until kitten is 16 weeks old

1st Booster 1 year after the last dose of the initial series and every 3 years thereafter
*Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

First vaccine at 8 weeks.

2nd vaccine at 12 weeks

3rd vaccine at 16 weeks

Can start at 6 weeks with 3- 4 week intervals until kitten is 16 weeks old

1st Booster 1 year after the last dose of the initial series and every 3 years thereafter
Cat Rabies Vaccine

Regime varies.

1st vaccine at 8 weeks and then at 1 year.

or

1st vaccine at 12 weeks; repeat at 1 month and again at 9 months

Annual boosters are essential. Law in certain countries.

* These essential cat vaccinations are usually combined.




non-essential cat vaccinations

These vaccines are recommended for high risk cats.

Vaccine
Kitten Age
Booster
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) - feline leukemia vaccine

1st feline leukemia vaccine is to be administered at 8 weeks and the 2nd vaccine 3 -4 weeks later

Annual booster is recommended for multi-cat households and cats in catteries
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

First vaccine at 8 weeks.

2nd vaccine at 11 weeks

3rd vaccine at 14 weeks

Annual booster is recommended for multi-cat households and cats in catteries
Feline Chlamydophila 1st vaccine is to be administered at 8 weeks and the 2nd vaccine 3-4 weeks later Annual booster is recommended for multi-cat households and cats in catteries.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica 1st vaccine is to be administered at 16 weeks and the 2nd vaccine 3-4 weeks later Annual booster is recommended for multi-cat households and cats in catteries.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) 1st vaccine is to be administered at 16 weeks and the 2nd vaccine 4 weeks later

Annual booster is recommended for multi-cat households and cats in catteries.

There is some doubt about the efficacy of the FIP vaccine.

Giardia 1st vaccine is to be administered at 8 weeks and the 2nd vaccine 2-4 weeks later Annual booster is recommended for multi-cat households and cats in catteries.

Note: Most reputable boarding catteries will not allow admission of cats unless they have received the essential vaccinations.




cat vaccinations | adverse effects


Vaccines, like many pharmaceutical and biological preparations may have side effects and adverse reactions.

Most of the reactions are minor, but in some cases severe side effects have been reported.

Severe reactions are rare. Generally, the benefits of cat vaccinations far outweigh the risks.

Mild Reactions: raised temperature,  general malaise, listlessness pain, redness and swelling at injection site

Severe Reactions: allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock),  sarcoma - a tumour that develops at the site of injection

We explore the functions of feline vaccinations, the routes of administration and the factors that influence the effectiveness of vaccines.






Top of Cat Vaccinations Page 

Home


DISCLAIMER



search our site



please like us



share our site



recommend on google




favorite pages

Cat Care


Cat Insurance




Dry Cat Food


Cat Nail Care


How Long Do Cats Live?


Cat Not Using Litter Box?