Having a kitten in your home is a special kind of happiness. Kittens are so cute and cuddly and also fragile. Because kittens are adjusting to the world we live in, vaccines are important to make sure your kittens are healthy. Those who have farm kittens don’t usually give their kittens vaccines, but also know they may lose some in the first year.
If you have a new kitten you have purchased from a breeder they most likely come with their shots already completed for their first 8 weeks. Staying on top of shots allows your cat the best ‘shot’ at a healthy life. Having a cat is not just about feeding them and playing, but also about helping them thrive in their life in your home.
When do I start shots?
You may have heard of people getting kittens and dogs from breeders too early. Make sure your kitten has weaned from their momma, otherwise you may need to bottle feed. Most breeders usually make sure their kittens have their first round of shots before you adopt them. Make sure you get paperwork whether you are getting your kitten from a breeder or adopting them from a shelter.
What shots do I get?
According to VCA hospitals, immunizations start at 6-8 weeks of age and repeat every 3-4 weeks until the kitten is 4 months old. The routine or core vaccinations will protect your kitten from the most common diseases: feline distemper (panleukopenia), feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus 1), calicivirus, and rabies. The first three are in a combination vaccine every three to four weeks until the kitten reaches 16 weeks of age. Rabies vaccine are usually once at 12-16 weeks of age. Regardless of whether your kitten goes outside, the Rabies vaccine is important just in case an accident happens and your cat slips outside.
What about other shots?
If you are wondering if they need other shots on top of this, WebMD shares, “Your cat may need extra shots depending on how much time she spends outside, how often she’s around other cats, and the diseases that are common in your area. They include:
- Chlamydia: A vaccine for this bacteria is often part of the FVRCP shot.
- Feline leukemia: This serious viral infection spreads through many bodily fluids like saliva, feces, urine, and milk. The vaccine is recommended for cats who spend any time outside. Feline leukemia cannot be cured, so prevention is a priority.
- Bordetella: Cats who go to the groomer or stay at a kennel should get vaccinated for this infection that spreads quickly in spaces where there are lots of animals. The vaccine won’t prevent the disease, but it will keep your kitty from getting very sick from it.”
You don’t want to be in a situation where you have to go out of town and your usual cat sitter can’t swing by to feed your cat. Bordetella is a kitten vaccine. This may not seem necessary at the time, but will come through for you in a pinch. Check out our blog HERE, on taking care of your newborn kitten.
I hope this list of kitten vaccines has helped you understand what your cat needs. So you can have many years with your cat in your home and as a part of your family. Make sure to check with your vet to stay up to date on when they need their shots. They may recommend something different that is specific to your situation. To subscribe to our email list to stay up to date, you can subscribe HERE!