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Vaccination for Cats

[Photo of Mr. Fair Dinkum the cat]
Mr. Fair Dinkum

At our hospital we offer two kinds of vaccines for vaccination in cats. These are termed adjuvanted and non-adjuvanted vaccines. Both have their pros and cons relating to complications at the vaccine site. Your veterinarian will help you decide which is the best choice for your cat.

Initial Vaccines – also known as Kitten Vaccines

The initial Vaccines are given at three week intervals so as to reinforce and heighten the immune response with each vaccination culminating in protection which will last one year from the date of the final vaccine.

We recommend that kittens receive their first vaccination at 8 weeks. Prior to 8 weeks the immunity they receive from their mother may interfere with effective vaccination.

The series of shots, or protocol for initial vaccinations is as follows:

1st vaccination

Initial: Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, Panleukopenia vaccines are combined into a single needle so as to reduce both trauma and risk to the patient.

2nd vaccination (3 weeks later)

Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, Panleukopenia (combined in single vaccine)

Optional: Feline Leukemia – this is an optional vaccine, the benefits of which depend on your cat’s lifestyle and other risk factors. Your veterinarian will discuss this vaccine with you and the pros and cons as they relate to you and your pet during your visit.

3rd vaccination (3 weeks later)

Single: Rabies vaccines (this vaccine is designed to be given as a single dose requiring no booster)

Booster: Feline Leukemia if required.

Adult Cat Vaccines

Tri-annual (every 3 years) vaccines

These vaccines are specially designed to provide protection for 3 years. This protection is contingent on complete initial series as well as a first year annual booster vaccine. The American Association of Feline Practioners as well as current curriculum at Canadian Veterinary Colleges support giving the feline core vaccines every three years.

  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, Panleukopenia (combined single vaccine)
  • Rabies adjuvented three year vaccine
Annual (every year) vaccines

These vaccines, due to their formulation, are only able to provide protection for a single year and require boosting on an annual basis.

  • Rabies non-adjuvented one year vaccine
  • Feline Leukemia (optional)