Are cat vaccinations necessary?

At La Cumbre, we believe that keeping cats up to date on their vaccines is essential to their overall health & wellness. The vaccines that we recommend for your kitty have been rigorously tested to ensure the highest quality of protection. All of our cat patients receive a vaccination protocol that has been discussed between their veterinarian & owner based on their lifestyle.

What cat vaccinations are typically recommended and what are they for:

- FVRCP - a combination vaccine protecting against:

               - feline viral rhinotracheitis (a respiratory tract infection)

               - calicivirus (a respiratory tract infection)

               - panleukopenia (a highly contagious & often fatal virus attacking bone marrow & lymph nodes)

- Rabies - a fatal viral disease

- FeLV (Feline Leukemia) - an often-fatal virus that depresses the immune system & is passed through bodily fluids

What is the vaccination schedule for:

- Kittens - Kittens receive a series of vaccines, often starting at 8 weeks old. This starts with an initial vaccine and then boosters once or twice in 3 to 4 week intervals, depending on how old the kitten was when they received their initial vaccine.

- Adult Cats - Adult cats, as long as they are kept up to date as recommended, receive vaccinations annually. If updated appropriately, FVRCP vaccines can last up to 3 years.

- Senior Cats - Senior cats are recommended to remain up to date on their yearly vaccinations. However, you & your vet can discuss your senior kitty's overall health and any illnesses/issues that may warrant deferring vaccines.

Black medium-haired cat sitting in cat room wall cubby.

Are there risks or side effects associated with cat vaccinations?

With the advances that vaccination manufacturers have made over the past decade, risks & side effects related to vaccinations are slim. The most common reaction seen amongst kitties - if any - is temporary lethargy. The pros outweigh the cons when it comes to vaccines and protecting your cat from disease.

If my cat is going to strictly live indoors, do they still need to be vaccinated?

We recommend that even indoor cats be vaccinated, at least with the core Rabies & FVRCP vaccines. Even indoor cats have the chance of slipping out the door when you least expect it to go on an adventure outside! It's best to make sure they're protected.

Why is it important to avoid missing a cat vaccination?

A lapse in vaccines leaves your kitty vulnerable to the diseases we're vaccinating against. To maintain your cat's optimal health, make sure to schedule them for a yearly wellness exam to make sure they're happy, healthy, and up-to-date!

If you have questions regarding cat vaccinations, give us a call. We’re always here for you!