As pet parents, we understand the immense joy and companionship that our feline friends bring into our lives. However, amid all the cuddles and playtime, there’s also a responsibility that comes with having a cat. Our kitten wellness program is designed to help you get started as a feline parent and guide you through all the basic essentials, including vaccine schedules for your kitten or cat. To book an appointment, call us at 902-468-7387.
Which diseases can be prevented through vaccinations?
Vaccinations for cats and kittens can prevent a range of diseases, providing them with a strong defence against potential health threats. Some common diseases that vaccines protect against include:
- Feline Panleukopenia (FPV): Also known as feline distemper, this highly contagious and potentially fatal viral disease affects the cat's immune system and gastrointestinal tract.
- Feline Calicivirus (FCV) and Feline Herpesvirus (FHV): These are two common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats, leading to sneezing, nasal discharge, and eye infections.
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): This virus weakens the cat's immune system, making them susceptible to other infections and certain types of cancer.
- Rabies: A viral disease that affects the nervous system, rabies is fatal and can be transmitted to humans.
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): Similar to human HIV, FIV attacks the cat's immune system, making them vulnerable to infections.
What is the recommended vaccination schedule for feline companions?
The recommended vaccination schedule for kittens typically starts at around 6-8 weeks of age and continues every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Adult cats usually need booster vaccines to maintain immunity, with specific intervals varying based on the vaccine type and your cat's lifestyle. Consult with one of our veterinarians to determine the best vaccination plan for your kitten/cat.
Are there any specific considerations or precautions to be aware of when vaccinating senior cats?
When vaccinating senior cats, there are a few specific considerations to keep in mind. As cats age, their immune systems may weaken, and they might be more susceptible to adverse reactions. Therefore, it's essential to consult with your veterinarian to assess your senior cat's health status and discuss any underlying health conditions. Based on their individual needs, your veterinarian may adjust the vaccination schedule and select vaccines that are most appropriate for your senior cat's lifestyle. Monitoring your cat closely after vaccination is also recommended to promptly address any potential side effects. Regular wellness check-ups can help ensure your senior cat receives the best care tailored to their specific needs and health status.