Vaccinations for Cats

Vaccinations For Kittens

  1. Vaccination for Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (Distemper) (FVRCP) given 3-4 weeks apart through 16 weeks of age. The first set may be given as early as 6-8 weeks of age. Typically kittens get 2-3 of these vaccines during their kittenhood and it is required for surgery and for boarding. This vaccine needs to be boostered annually and then every 3 years.
  2. Feline Leukemia (FeLV) vaccination given 3-4 weeks apart, beginning as early as 9 weeks of age. This vaccine is highly recommended because it is a commonly diagnosed and fatal disease. It is boostered annually.
  3. Rabies vaccine after twelve weeks of age, many times on the last kitten visit. This vaccine is required by law in the Cities of Superior and Duluth. It is good for one year and subsequent vaccinations are good for three years.

Vaccinations For Adult Cats

Adult cats who have never been vaccinated should receive all three of the vaccines listed above at their initial visit. The FVRCP and Leukemia vaccines are typically boostered three weeks later, then on a regular basis.

* Please consult with our doctors and staff to determine the most appropriate immunization schedule for your kitten or adult cat.


Vaccine Reactions

While rare, dogs and cats can have reactions to vaccinations. Signs can include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, facial swelling, pain or swelling at the injection site, or anaphylaxis.

It is common for pets to be lethargic for a day or two after vaccinations and this does not require further treatment.

Call us immediately if your pet collapses, develops labored breathing or pale gums, or has facial swelling after a vaccination. Please call the emergency clinic at 218-302-8000 if this occurs after business hours.

If your pet experiences a vaccination reaction, future vaccines may be given separately or your pet may be pre-medicated prior to receiving vaccines. For severe reactions, the vaccines may be avoided entirely.

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