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Cat Vaccinations

Many cat diseases can be prevented with the use of regular vaccinations. The type and frequency of vaccinations are dependent on your cat’s lifestyle. Have a discussion with your veterinarian about what is the most appropriate strategy to keep your cat healthy.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Although the risk of exposure to disease is much more limited, cats confined indoors are still at risk for developing some diseases that can be prevented with vaccines. Your cat may be exposed to these diseases from contamination of an owner’s hands or clothes or from materials brought into the home. It is therefore very important to keep even indoor-only cats up to date with their vaccinations.

What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?

The FVRCP vaccine is a combination vaccine which provides protection against three very serious cat diseases: (1) Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis or better known as Feline Herpes Virus, (2) Feline Calicivirus, and (3) Feline Panleukopenia Virus. Vaccination against Rabies virus is also considered a core vaccine. Outside of the core vaccines is protection against Feline Leukemia Virus, which should be done if your cat goes outside, lives in a house with other cats who may be infected, or if your cat goes to a kennel.

How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?

Cats should be treated on an individual basis according to their lifestyle and risks. It is best to speak with your vet and decide how to best protect your animal.

Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?

Vaccination of healthy cats is considered a safe and very important step in preventing illness. Occasionally, cats will develop a fever and lethargy or discomfort at the site of vaccination. Rarely, cats may have an allergic reaction to the vaccine which may cause vomiting or diarrhea, laboured breathing, and the development of hives.

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