Feline vaccines

Kittens:

All kittens should be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency virus before vaccinating.

Core vaccines: (appropriate for all cats)

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus Panleukopenia - This combination vaccine protects against upper
respiratory viruses and the virus that causes Panleukopenia.  It is boostered from 6 to 16 weeks of age
every 4 weeks.  At least 2 vaccinations must be given.  Boostered again at 1 year and thereafter every 3
years.

Rabies - Merial Feline recombinant rabies vaccination is used.  Developed especially for cats, this
vaccine provides excellent protection, is non adjuvented and has little risk of sarcoma formation.  Given
between 12 & 16 weeks and boostered yearly.

FELV (Feline Leukemia)  - 2 vaccinations given at 12 & 16 weeks, boostered at 1 year and thereafter
only if at risk (Outdoor cats, FELV positive housemates) We use Merial's transdermal vaccine.

Non core

FIV - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus -3 boosters 2-3 weeks apart then yearly.  Recommended for at risk
cats in households with FIV positive housemates or outdoor cats prone to fighting.  Since this vaccine will
cause a cat to test positive on future antibody tests, we recommend testing to insure cat is negative
before vaccinating, and microchipping if not already identified.  The benefits of this vaccine are
controversial.

Adult cats:

FVRCP - After 1st yearly booster, boostered every 3 years

Rabies - yearly with Merial's recombinant feline vaccine

FELV - After 1st yearly booster, boostered every year for at risk cats.

FIV-After 3 part series booster yearly in at risk cats


Please note that it is now recommended that all cats be on heartworm preventative regardless
of whether they go outside or not!!