Over the last 10 years there have been many changes to the recommendations for vaccinating cats. Currently vaccines are FDA approved for yearly use and we know that yearly vaccinations are safe and very effective. Additionally, all cats have benefited from yearly vaccinations (even unvaccinated cats) by preventing the outbreak of epidemics. However, there is evidence that over-vaccination may be harmful to a small percentage of cats. We believe that a vaccination protocol based on risk assessment is a safe and effective method to protect our patients from serious diseases and minimize vaccine related illnesses. We have accepted the American Association of Feline Practitioners guidelines for risk assessment and vaccinations. Therefore, based on your cat's age and lifestyle we will recommend a specific vaccination program for your cat.
- Injectable vaccines be given in separate sites on the body
- Feline Leukemia should not be combined with other vaccines (same syringe)
- Rabies should not be combined with other vaccines (same syringe)
- Feline vaccines may remain protective for up to three years.
- Feline D +RTV (Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus)
- Leukemia (FELV)
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
- Feline Immunodefiency Virus (FIV)
Due to the low risk of exposure, we will only use FIP & FIV Vaccine in cats that are at high risk of exposure i.e. live with a carrier cat, get in catfights or cats that live with 4 or more other cats.
Vaccinate every three weeks from six to seven weeks of age through 15 weeks of age. Use Feline D+RTV combination vaccines. At 12 weeks of age or older kittens that go outdoors, may go outdoors or live with three or more other cats should begin their Feline Leukemia series. The use of FIV & FIP vaccine will be limited to those kittens at high risk of exposure. A one-year Rabies can be given at 12 to 16 weeks of age.
After the initial kitten vaccines or first adult series, revaccinate one year later then rotate the Feline D+RTV, Leukemia and rabies on three-year cycles. FIP and FIV, when used, are given yearly.
We now have protocols which follow these important guidelines. You will still be notified when your cat is due for vaccinations, as they will continue to be a critical part of the annual exam. We will start each cat on its individual rotating vaccination program designed specifically with your pet's situation in mind.