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Cat Vaccinations – Cat Vaccines – Cat Shots…, whatever you call them, Feline Vaccines Play an important role in the control of infectious disease in cats. An individual cat’s life stage, life style and risk of exposure determines which vaccines they should receive.
- Life Stage
- Younger cats* need more frequent vaccines and may need different types
- Adult cats may, or may not, need as many vaccines
- Senior cats generally need fewer and less frequent vaccinations
- * The initial kitten series includes Feline Vaccines administration every 3-4 weeks with the last vaccine administered after 16 weeks of age
- Life style
- Stay-at-home cats generally need less vaccination types
- Cats-with-Party-Hats (socially active) generally need more vaccine types
- Risk of Exposure
- Decreased risk of exposure = less vaccinations
- Increased risk of exposure = more vaccinations
Cat Vaccinations – What does my cat need?
Cat Vaccination recommendations for your cat, are based upon their life stage, life style, risk of exposure, AAFP* Feline Vaccination Guidelines and local disease conditions. At your cat’s annual examination your veterinarian will help you decide which vaccinations are needed for the upcoming year.
*AAFP – American Association of Feline Practitioners
Cat Vaccines – by Zoetis
ZOETIS Feline Vaccines have been given to millions of pets for over twenty-five (25) years, has an excellent safety record, and provides superb protection.
- Defensor 1 – 1-year Feline Rabies vaccine
- Defensor 3 – 3-year Feline Rabies vaccine
- Leukocell – Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) vaccine
- Felocell – Feline FVRCP vaccine (feline distemper)
Cat Vaccinations – Are they Safe?
Cat Vaccinations are safe. The majority of pets respond well but as with human vaccines, there are some risks. Fortunately, serious side effects are rare. The most common side effects of Vaccinations are low-grade fever, depression or decreased appetite. These are usually short-lived (24-48 hours), require no treatment and are similar to what people experience after a flu or tetanus shot. Vomiting, diarrhea, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or extremities and hives are some of the rare allergic reactions that can occur.
Call, Dunedin Animal Medical Center 727-738-2273, immediately if your pet experiences any of these allergic-reaction signs after receiving their Cat Vaccines.
Cat Vaccinations visit – What To Expect…
- Vaccination Appointments keep waiting times to a minimum and are scheduled for 20 minutes
- If this is your first visit please arrive ~15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
- Please bring a fecal sample.
- Pet Physical Exam, Please make a list of items that you would like to discuss regarding your pets’ health.
- If unable to keep your appointment for Cat Vaccinations, kindly call 24 hours in advance.