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VACCINATING YOUR CAT
Protect your cat from infectious diseases by maintaining a yearly vaccination schedule. Vaccinations stimulate your cat's system to develop immunity. Because they prevent disease but do not cause disease, the veterinarian must administer them before your cat is exposed and infected!
Specific vaccination schedules vary according to several factors; the age and health of your cat and conditions in your cat's environment. We are ready to help you plan a vaccination schedule so that your cat's vaccinations are up to date.
Kittens should receive their first vaccinations between six and ten weeks of age, and the sooner the kitten begins the vaccination regime, the better. Initial vaccines need to be repeated several weeks later; depending on their age, the kitten may be able to get a rabies vaccine at the second visit as well.
VACCINATIONS PROTECT YOUR CAT FROM MANY INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
Some of the vaccines below are combined so your cat may not have to receive a separate shot for each one.
Calici virus-- can cause sneezing, fever, appetite loss, inflammation and ulcers of the mouth.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)-- a viral infection that is progressive and fatal. Multi-cat households are at higher risk.
Feline Leukemia (FLV or FeLV)-- a highly-transmissible, cancer-causing virus. Kittens can be born with it if the mother or father is infected. Your pet should be tested before giving the vaccine (once they receive the vaccine, the common and inexpensive test for FLV will always come back positive; it costs nearly $200 for the "definitive" confirmation test).
Panleukopenia-- also called Feline Distemper, this is a highly contagious and often fatal disease. Symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, lethargy, vomiting, and others.
Pneumonitis-- similar to Calici virus. People can catch this virus.
Rabies-- a virus that attacks the brain. Raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats are often carriers of this virus. People can catch this from infected animals, though robust pet vaccine programs and an education campaign have nearly eliminated human infections.
Rhinotracheitis-- a virus much like the common cold in people, this can cause problems in young and old cats.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus-- a vaccine used to be available for this disease but after many years of research it was shown to not be very effective. Most veterinarians, Brentwood included, do not vaccinate for FIV anymore. The virus is transmitted by deep bite wounds and is not as easy to catch as Feline Leukemia Virus.
Such a good kitty, but those ears mean someone is nervous!