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Your Guide to Cat Immuniztions

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August is National Pet Immunization Awareness month, and while we often hear about vaccinations and preventative measures for dogs, our feline companions are also very much included in this important conversation. Immunizations for cats are crucial to the health and happiness of your feline family member, and that’s why we’re here to discuss the different immunizations available and the ways they can enhance your cat’s life.

Core Feline Vaccines  

There are several essential immunizations for cats that promote enhanced protection and greater overall health, including the following:

  • Rabies
  • Feline caliciviruses
  • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV for kittens)
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis
  • Feline panleukopenia virus

Discretionary Feline Vaccines

There are also several discretionary feline vaccines, also known as optional immunizations, to further protect their health and exposure to specific illnesses. The discretionary feline vaccines recommended by American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are used to combat several diseases including the following:

  • Feline Bordetella
  • Chlamydophila Felis
  • Feline leukemia virus (for adult cats)

Why Feline Immunizations Are Essential

Feline immunizations are the key to long-lasting health and protection, as they serve to protect your cat by strengthening their immunity to various contagious diseases and illnesses that can develop into life-threatening situations. Furthermore, feline immunizations aid in limiting the spread of potential disease, keeping humans and other pets that come into contact with your cat safe from harmful diseases, and promoting enhanced welfare of the beings that frequent your cat’s environments.

When to Vaccinate Your Cat

The first vaccines should be given to your kitten when they are approximately eight weeks old. Following the initial dose, boosters must be given to your cat every four weeks until they are 20 weeks old in order to fully protect them. As your cat ages, vaccinations are commonly administered every three years. However, your cat’s trusted veterinarian will curate an individualized vaccination schedule that includes all the recommended immunizations based on your cat’s age, lifestyle, and other environmental factors.

Discover how you can strengthen your cat’s immunity and foster a healthier, happier life for your pet by contacting your local veterinarian today.