What Vaccines Does My Cat Need?
It is spring time and time to get your cat his vaccinations. We offer a daily walk in shot clinic to make it easy for your cat to get her shots anytime she needs them. If you don’t remember what shots your cat needs, don’t worry because if you’ve had them at Vetco before then we have the records. But here is a quick summary of the typical cat vaccinations, what they are for, why you need them, and when you need them,
Rabies is one of the few viruses that can go from an animal to a human. Typically a human needs to be bitten by a rabid animal to contract the virus. The problem with rabies is that there is no cure. If a cat is suspected as having rabies they will be euthanized. However, if you get the vaccine, which is required by the city, you won’t need to worry about it. There is an annual vaccine or the one every three years vaccine.
- Feline Panleukopenia (FP), aka. Feline Distemper, was the leading cause of death. Thanks to the vaccine it is now an uncommon disease. This is a highly contagious disease. There is a risk of death if contracted, but treatments are available.
- Feline Viral Rhinotrachetis (FVR) is a herpes virus. It is a major cause of upper respiratory disease and the most common cause of conjunctivitis. This is highly contagious, but most cats will recover from it with treatment.
- Calicivirus is a major cause of upper respiratory infection in cats. This virus is highly contagious and is spread via saliva or from nose or eye secretions. After the infection has cleared up most cats will be a carrier for a few months, but some can remain a carrier for life.
- Feline Chlamydia is a bacterial based chronic respiratory infection. The vaccination does not prevent infection, but it does reduce the severity of it.
The feline combo is given once every three years.
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is the leading viral killer of cats. The virus is spread through body secretions like saliva, feces, urine, milk, and nasal secretions. Most cats who contract FeLV will die. This is an annual vaccine.
This is a contagious respiratory infection that is transmitted through body secretions like saliva, urine, feces, and nose secretions. Many kennels will require this shot before letting your. cat stay. Most cats will not die from it and will recover with treatment. This is an annual vaccine.