What Should You Know about Feline Vaccinations?
Unfortunately, cats do not have nine lives. As such, it’s our job to protect them. The best way to do this is by vaccination. Shots help to protect your feline from different diseases caused by bacteria and viruses. Whether you have an adult cat or kitten, your veterinarian will be able to help you find out what shots your pet needs. These usually depend on the age, lifestyle, and overall health of your cat.
When Is It Necessary to Vaccinate Your Feline?
Kittens should start getting their vaccines around the age of 6 weeks and on until they are about 16 weeks old. Shots come in a series every 3-4 weeks. Adult cats do not need vaccines this often. In most cases, once a year or every 3 years, depending on how long the vaccine lasts, is sufficient for adult cats.
What Are the Essential Vaccines for Your Cat?
Here are the vaccines that are necessary for cats:
- Rabies. Rabies virus is very dangerous and is fatal for all mammals, including humans. For this reason, the rabies vaccine for cats is required by law in most states.
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP). This vaccine protects cats from three diseases: calicivirus, feline viral rhinotracheitis, and panleukopenia.
Other Vaccines that Are Worth Considering
Your vet may recommend other vaccines, depending on the lifestyle and age of your cat:
- Feline leukemia. It is a viral infection that is quite common among outdoor cats.
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Another viral infection affecting mainly outdoor cats and is transmitted through close contact.
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis. This infection is often quite serious and even fatal. However, if your pet is a house feline, you have little to worry about.
Risks Associated with Feline Vaccinations
Vaccinations are medical interventions, and there are certain risks you should be aware of:
- Mild reactions, including lethargy, slight fever, decreased appetite, and localized swelling. If these reactions do not subside within a few days, it is better to talk to your veterinarian.
- Allergic reactions. Your feline may develop itchiness, hives, swelling of the lips, eyes, and neck, and mild fever. However, these reactions are quite rare.
Contact Twin Peaks Veterinary Center in Tucson
Twin Peaks Veterinary Center serves four-legged patients from Tucson and the surrounding areas. We provide all types of veterinary services, from preventative wellness to emergency and urgent care. We also do all types of vaccinations, both core and elective. If your feline needs a vaccine, do not hesitate to contact our vet clinic and schedule your visit.