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FELINE VACCINATION SCHEDULE
There is much controversy these days over whether or not to vaccinate your cat(s). Many cat owners believe that if their cats are strictly indoor cats, there is no chance of them developing a disease. I think cats, whether indoor or outdoor types, should be vaccinated. This is something you should discuss with your veterinarian. Listed below is the recommended vaccination schedule for cats.
6 Weeks: Temporary vaccination for kittens that did not nurse from their mother during the first hours after birth, or kittens from a mother that is not current on her vaccinations
8 weeks: FVRCP-Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, and Chlamydia. The first FVRCP vaccination must be boostered after 3-4 weeks to insure maximum levels of immunity in your cat. Your vet may also recommend an additional booster vaccination at 15-16 weeks of age.
12 Weeks: FVRCP Booster, FelV-Feline Leukemia
16 Weeks: FelV Booster, FVRCP Booster (if recommended by your vet)
6 Months: Rabies
14 Months: FVRCP (boostered annually from this date), FelV (boostered annually from this date)
18 Months: Rabies (boostered every one to three years from this date, depending on local vaccination requirements)
Other Feline Vaccinations
FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis):
- administered in drops intranasally
- 16 weeks: first administration
- 19 weeks: booster
- 14 months: booster (boostered annually from this date)
The FVRCP, FeLV, and Rabies vaccinations are given as injections. Some cats develop a small lump at the infection site several weeks following the injections. This lump is a reaction to the carrier agent solution in the vaccines. Normally the lump will subside within a few weeks and should only raise concern if it lasts considerably longer than this. Let your veterinarian know if the lump seems to bother your cat or does not seem to go away several weeks after it appears. Always contact your veterinarian if your cat displays any other adverse reactions to the vaccinations it has been given.
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