Kittens First Injections

A routine procedure, a vaccination appointment is more than just a jab – it’s a chance for your cat to get a thorough physical health check, as well as offering them protection against a range of diseases that can be debilitating, or even kill. Vaccination appointments are performed by a vet, and should be a routine part of the care of all cats throughout their life – even house cats. Although house cats may be less exposed to disease, many of the diseases we can vaccinate against are hardy, and can survive outside of a cat for some time. This means they can be transmitted inside the house, on people or objects, and are still a risk to cats via indirect exposure.

Description

Vaccinations help to protect your cat from severe infectious diseases. It also prevents them from passing anything nasty on to other animals in your area. Vaccinating your kitten is one of the most important things you should do in your first few weeks as a cat owner. Your kitten will need two sets of vaccinations to get them started – their first set at nine weeks old and a second booster set at three months old. After this, kittens and cats usually need ‘booster’ vaccinations once a year. Until your kitten is fully vaccinated (and neutered), you should keep him or her inside.

When kittens are nursing, antibodies in their mother’s milk help protect them from infections. But after about six weeks old and eating solid food, it’s time for them to be vaccinated. Kitties need several immunizations during their first year to protect them against serious diseases. After that, they’ll only need annual boosters. The specific shots your kitten should have will depend on where you live, whether your cat will roam the neighborhood or stay inside, and whether you have other cats co-ruling your home. Always follow the advice of your vet.

Features of Kittens First Injections

Kittens are old enough to be vaccinated once they are 8-9 weeks old. They will have an initial injection, and then a second about 3 weeks later, as well as a thorough health check, and discussion about all aspects of kitten-care, including neutering, flea and worm protection, diet and behaviour. This is known as the ‘primary course’. Kittens should then have an annual vaccination appointment each year, throughout their lives, in order keep their immunity topped up and maintain protection.

For adult cats, if you are not sure if your cat has had vaccinations previously, or if you know that they have not had a vaccination appointment within the last 12 months, your cat will need to restart their vaccinations with a primary course, just as if they were a kitten. Adult cats can start the primary course at any time, but if you know your cat is currently not protected by vaccination, the course should be started as soon as possible. Although your cat will need a vaccination appointment every year, not all the vaccines will be given at every appointment. This is because different vaccines last for different amounts of time, and the need for some vaccinations may be lifestyle dependant. Your vet will be able to advise on the best schedule for your cat.

Benefits of Kittens First Injections

Cats are commonly vaccinated against:

  • Cat flu (feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus)
  • Feline infectious enteritis
  • Feline leukaemia virus

Your vet can advise which vaccinations your cat or kitten will need to help protect them from infectious diseases. When you get your kitten, one of the first things you should do is register them with a local vet, who will be able to carry out the vaccinations your kitten needs.

Kitten Vaccine Schedule

AgeCore VaccinesNon-Core VaccinesOther Possible Procedures
6-8 weeksFVRCP doctor examinationFeLV/FIV testdeworm
9-11 weeksFVRCP booster*FeLV, FIV boostersdeworm, begin heartworm/flea prevention
12-14 weeksFVRCP booster*FeLV, FIV boostersdeworm
15-17 weeksFVRCP final booster, RabiesFeLV/FIV testfecal exam

Prices of Kittens First Injections

$39.00 – $89.00

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