When should my kitten be vaccinated?
Kittens should be vaccinated for the first time between eight and ten weeks of age! They have fragile immune systems when they are young, and ideally we would like to ensure that they are protected as soon as possible.
What should my kitten be vaccinated against?
We recommend a full set of vaccinations for all of our kitten patients to ensure that they are protected throughout their development and to ensure that all of our feline patients have the best possible chance to grow and thrive.
What does F.V.R.C.P.C. stand for?
The F.V.R.C.P.C. vaccine that we offer protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, and Chlamydia psittiaci.
What does the F.V.R.C.P.C. vaccine protect against?
The diseases that the F.V.R.C.P.C. vaccine protect against are airborne respiratory and intestinal viruses that can have serious consequences, especially in kittens. Symptoms may include sneezing, runny eyes and nose, drooling and oral lesions, pneumonia, and diarrhea among others. The calicivirus is particularly dangerous because symptomatic infections can reoccur at any time after a pet is initially infected.
What is the feline leukemia vaccine protect against?
Feline Leukemia is a virus that suppresses the immune system and can also cause anemia or lymphoma. Feline Leukemia is the second leading cause of death in cats, and it kills 85% of the cats diagnosed within three years. This virus is a very serious threat to feline health, making the vaccine an incredibly valuable resource in protecting your pet's health.
Does my kitten have to get a rabies vaccine?
Yes, under Florida law all cats and dogs over the age of three months of age must be vaccinated against the rabies virus.
When can my kitten get a 3 year rabies vaccine?
Florida law requires two consecutive 1 year rabies vaccinations before a 3 year vaccine can be administered. This means that the first three shots must be kept on a strict yearly schedule in order for your pet to qualify for a 3 year vaccine!
Will the vaccines make my kitten sick?
Most kittens show no symptoms at all after vaccination, though sometimes they are sleepy and run a mild fever. These things are normal and nothing to be concerned about. If you suspect that your kitten is having a more severe reaction following vaccination we recommend that you contact our office immediately.
Why should my kitten be dewormed?
More than half of the cats in the southern United States have at least one intestinal parasite, so it makes sense to keep our kittens protected! Intestinal worms can delay your kitten's development and cause illness. Simple inexpensive deworming is an easy fix and is recommended at all kitten visits.
Why are nail trims included as part of all kitten appointments?
Nail trimming is something that we include free of charge in all of our kitten appointments to build both confidence in tolerance in our young patients so that nail trims are stress-free and easy when they are adults.
When will my kitten need vaccinations again after the kitten series is complete?
Your kitten will need Rabies, F.V.R.C.P.C., and Feline Leukemia vaccine boosters one year after the first rabies vaccine and the completion of the kitten series. If you keep to a strict time schedule on these vaccines we can get transitiion to a 3 year schedule for them after a few initial boosters.
Kitten Vaccine Schedule: