Vaccinations are essential for keeping cats and kittens healthy and disease-free. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, all of our feline patients receive two core vaccines, FVRCP and Rabies.
Protecting Your Cat
Vaccines stimulate an immune response in a cat or kitten that protects them from either a particular disease or a group of diseases.
FVRCP is usually administered as a combination vaccine. It protects cats and kittens from feline rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia. Feline rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus are two very common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats. Virtually every cat will be exposed to these in the course of a lifetime.
Feline panleukopenia is a parvovirus that is highly contagious and life-threatening to a cat. The virus attacks the cat's white blood cells and eliminates the line of defense against infections and illnesses. In an unvaccinated pet population, this is one of the deadliest diseases. Kittens are especially at risk.
The rabies vaccine is the second core vaccination for all kittens and cats. Rabies is a fatal, viral disease that causes brain inflammation in cats and humans as well as other animals. All cats and kittens four months old or older are required by Illinois law to be vaccinated against rabies. The law also requires a second rabies shot within the first year.
Kitten Vaccination Schedule
Kittens can receive the FVRCP as early as six weeks old with boosters once every three to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old. A very common schedule is for the kitten to have the FVRCP at eight weeks old, with boosters administered at 12 and 16 weeks. A kitten will receive the rabies vaccine by four months of age with a booster within the year.
Adult Cat Vaccination Schedule
Adult cats will need boosters of their core vaccines one year after they were given to them as kittens. After that, the boosters are administered every one to three years depending on the manufacturer of the vaccine.
Cat Vaccinations in Homer Glen
Vaccines are a key component of keeping your cat healthy and they should be part of your pet's annual veterinary exam. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, we offer you and your furry feline friend the finest in veterinary care. We will keep your cat or kitten up to date on all core vaccines. Call us today at (708) 301-8200 to schedule an appointment for preventative veterinary care.