Kitten Vaccines

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What are vaccinations protecting against?

Rhinotracheitis

  • A common respiratory infection in cats that can be fatal in kittens. Sneezing, decreased appetite and fever, followed by a thick discharge from the eyes and noses. 

Calicivirus

  • An upper respiratory infection with symptoms such as sneezing, decreased appetite and fever, thick discharge from the eyes and noses and additionally ulcers on the tongue.  Rhino and Calci make up 90% of the upper respiratory infections in cats.

Panleukopenia

  • A widespread and potentially fatal disease that may cause sudden death, onset of severe vomiting and diarrhea. Especially dangerous in kittens. 

Chlamydia

  • Another common respiratory disease producing sneezing, fever and thick discharge.

Rabies

  • Rabies is a fatal viral infection, transmitted through direct contact with a positive wildlife animal.  The systems include sensitivity to touch, light and sound, abnormal behavior, salivation, abnormal gait. Extreme caution should be used if you suspect an animal is positive as this poses a risk to human health. Even indoors cats are at risk! Both Estevan and Weyburn have positive Rabies bats each year.  Cats that board in kennels or need to cross the United States border are required to show proof of vaccination for Rabies. 

Feline Leukemia

  • Infection with this virus can cause serious disease and death in cats. FeLV decreases the ability of the immune system to respond to infection. FeLV is spread cat to cat by direct contact, so outside cats are at high risk. We have a number of positive cases each year in Estevan and can be found in the stray cat population.  


When to vaccinate your kitten

Rhino/Calci/Panleukopenia/Chlamydia is a combination vaccine administered under the skin at specific intervals 

  • Kittens should be vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age and again at 12 months.
  • Initial vaccination with this vaccine does require a booster in 3-4 weeks.
  • One vaccination against these diseases will not keep your pet protected.  
  • After your kitten series is completed  (after the 12 month vaccination) your pet will receive this vaccination every three years with its annual physical exam.

* PAHC does not recommend vaccinating before 8 weeks of age. 

If you adopt a cat or kitten greater the 12 weeks of age they will only two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart and then again in 12 months.

Feline Leukemia

  • Kittens should be vaccinated at 12 and 16 weeks of age and again in 12 months.
  • After your kitten series is complete, indoor cats only will no longer receive this vaccination; outdoor cats will continue to receive this vaccination until it's sixth birthday. .

Rabies

  • Kittens receive their Rabies vaccination  typically at 16 weeks of age.  
  • Your pet will receive this vaccination again within one year and following that it is administered annually.  
  • Cats are more sensitive to rabies injection; we use a Feline Rabies vaccine to reduce your pet’s risk of vaccination site problems.  

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