Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
Congratulations on welcoming a feline bundle of joy into your home! Like any loving pet parent, you probably already have clean water, food, toys and other gear prepared in advance. Scheduling your kitten to receive their first round of vaccines should be another step you take to protect them from harmful diseases. Our team will help you make sure your new pet has all the vaccines they need. Call us at 613.695.2060 to schedule your pet’s vaccination appointment!
What vaccines do kittens need?
During the first few months of their life, kittens are usually given the Rabies and FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Panleukopenia) vaccines which are core/mandatory.
Why do pets need booster shots?
After the initial shots (usually at around 8-weeks-old), kittens need further injections when they are approximately 12-, 16- and 18-weeks-old. This is because the protection kittens get from their mothers is limited and varied. As well, each booster strengthens the effects of the previous shot. After they finish their round of kitten vaccines, cats must still be vaccinated throughout their adulthood for continued protection.
I plan on letting my kitten go outside when they grow up. What vaccines do outdoor cats need?
In addition to their core/mandatory vaccines, the most common type of vaccine recommended for outdoor cats is the one that protects against Feline Leukemia (FeLV) which is usually given when your cat is between 3- to 4-months-old. All cats are required to get the FeLV vaccine when they are kittens but it is commonly recommended that outdoor cats receive them once a year all throughout their lives. Feline leukemia is fatal and can be spread through small droplets of blood and saliva. Outdoor cats may also need more frequent deworming and parasite screenings compared with their indoor pals.
Please Note: Indoor cats still need to be vaccinated because parasites and diseases can enter your home through you, other people, objects and animals.