The Scoop On Kitty Vaccinations:
The Scoop on Kitty Vaccinations: If you have adopted your kitty from a rescue chances are they are coming to you up to date on their vaccinations. Kittens might still require few vet visits to get up to date. Not unlike humans, cats have a vaccination schedule based on their age
The vaccination program for kitties usually starts between 6-8 weeks. By 6 months of age your kitty will have most likely seen the vet 3-4 times and received all the relevant boosters.
Vaccinations in Canada:
These are the common vaccinations available for our beloved felines
- Rabies – This vaccine schedule varies depending on the vaccine type and your vet’s recommendations. Can be given yearly or up to 3 years apart
- Feline Panleukopenia (Distemper) – After the first few doses normally at 6 weeks and 12 weeks, similar to the Rabies vaccine boosters can be given 1 to 3 years apart
- Feline Calicivirus (Upper Respiratory Infections and Oral Disease) – After the first few doses normally at 6 weeks and 12 weeks, similar to the Rabies vaccine boosters can be given 1 to 3 years apart
- Feline Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes) – veterinarians sometimes recommend getting the booster for this vaccine every 3 years.
- Feline Leukemia – Generally given to kittens. Boosters can be given to kitties who are at risk
It’s important to have a conversation with your vet regarding the vaccines your cat may receive. As with vaccines in humans some cats may have reactions to certain vaccines. Watch for changes in your cat’s mood, behaviour, and appetite after getting vaccines. Sharing this information with your vet is always recommended.
The Rabies vaccine is also a mandated vaccine here in Ontario and all Dogs and Cats (Some livestock too) are required to have up to date vaccines. Even indoor cats are required to get the rabies vaccine. Did you know that Rabies only affects mammals and is zoonotic disease? This means humans can catch rabies from infected animals.
Rabies is most often transmitted in Ontario by bats, racoons, skunks and foxes. It’s important to know the signs of rabies. If you suspect any wildlife near your home is infected you should contact animal control.
Rabies shots are available on the mobile Chip Truck. This is an affordable option to keep kitty up to date on their rabies vaccine. Appointments are required to use this service.
How to handle vaccinations with your cat?
The decision on what vaccines to give and when is always something to discuss with your veterinarian. They will have the best understanding of your cats health and risk factors. At the end of the day we all just want to have a healthy and happy kitty.