Cat Vaccinations

Is your feline friend current with the recommended cat vaccinations?

To ensure your furry feline friend’s nine lives are as long and prosperous as possible, it is important to make sure he or she stays up to date with all the recommended cat vaccinations. Cats are vulnerable to many life-threatening diseases that are largely preventable. At Woodland Animal Hospital, we offer cat vaccinations and preventative care that will assist in guarding against numerous illnesses so your cat can live a long, healthy and active life. Read the information below to learn more about the specific cat vaccinations we offer at Woodland Animal Hospital.

Woodland’s Cat Vaccinations

FVRCP – The FVRCP vaccine is often referred to as the “feline distemper” vaccination that protects again three highly contagious viruses. Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus and panleukopenia wreak havoc on cats’ respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Your furry feline companion should receive this shot as early as six weeks of age. The shot should then be given every three weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks old, as it will ensure there is not any maternal antibody competition. We will then administer this cat vaccine yearly for the most advanced disease protection.

FeLV – Feline leukemia virus, also referred to as FeLV, is a deadly viral disease that has devastating effects the feline immune system. This affliction can also lead to the development of a number of cancerous conditions, including leukemia. It may take months or even years before affected cats show symptoms of FeLV—all the while, they could be affecting other cats. We recommend our feline friends begin receiving this vaccine at the age of nine weeks for the most protection. A booster will be administered a year after the initial shot and then once every year following that.

Rabies – It is very important for our feline friends to receive these cat vaccinations, as it is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats and dogs. At Woodland Animal Hospital, we administer this immunization one time after cats reach 12 weeks of age. Your feline companion will then receive this cat vaccine every year once to ensure the highest level of protection.

Woodland’s Schedule for Cat Vaccinations

Our vets recommend all kittens begin visiting our office once they turn six weeks old and continue every two to four weeks until they are 16 weeks of age. These visits help us ensure your cats are fully protected.

At Woodland Animal Hospital, all kittens receive vaccine boosters every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age, then annually. Once they reach adulthood they will be on the following general vaccination schedule:

  • Rabies – Annually
  • FVRCP (Feline Distemper) – Annually
  • Feline Leukemia- Annually for adult cats who are at risk. Indoor/outdoor cats are at greater risk, as are cats who are exposed to another cat in the house that is an indoor/outdoor cat.

 

If your feline friend is not current with the recommended cat vaccinations, please do not hesitate to stop by our clinic or give us a call at (770) 467-3140. Our knowledgeable veterinary staff will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have pertaining to our cat vaccines and other preventative care.