Preventive veterinary care is important for any cat, and vaccination will be an important component of this type of care. Vaccinations work to prevent illnesses that commonly affect felines, so they can spare your cat from potentially fatal or debilitating diseases later on in life. While most immunizations for cats are given when felines are still kittens, there are some important boosters for adult cats that all cat owners should know about.
Types of feline vaccinations
Most veterinarians will recommend a combination vaccine for kittens, and this includes vaccination against distemper, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. Kittens will also need rabies vaccination, which is highly effective and has few possible side effects to consider. Cats who live primarily outdoors may also need vaccination for feline leukemia and chlamydophila, but you will want to discuss the risks and benefits of these immunizations with your vet, since there are more potential adverse side effects.
Kitten vaccination schedule
Kittens will usually receive their first combination vaccine at 6-7 weeks in age. They will typically go to the vet 3-4 more times for a complete course of the vaccine along with rabies shots and any other immunizations recommended based on the living conditions of your feline.
Adult cat vaccination boosters
Cat owners should be aware of laws dictating rabies vaccination timelines for cats. For other vaccinations, boosters may be recommended annually when cats are in high-risk areas for certain diseases. In some cases, cats might not need boosters every year, since indoor cats without exposure to other felines might have an exceptionally low disease risk.
For all the preventive, surgical, and dental care your cat needs to stay healthy, look to Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale. You can reach us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule appointments, or visit our website for a closer look at our services and high-tech facilities.
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