Cat Vaccines

Information about vaccinations for cats

Your pet cat: seemingly aloof, self-sufficient and independent to a fault. But don't be fooled: your feline needs just as much care and attention as any other animal – maybe more. If you already have a pet cat and haven't yet talked to your vet about cat vaccines and diseases, then do so as soon as possible. And if you're considering welcoming a pet cat into your home, then a series of cat vaccinations should be given the same priority as cat food and cat litter.

Cats are susceptible to a variety of illnesses. In the same way we administer vaccinations to children, so should you do the same with your cat. Simply put, cat vaccinations not only help to prevent the development of a variety of diseases but also limit the spread of infections to other felines.

How Cat Vaccinations Protect Pet Health

Cat vaccinations aren't just a prudent course of action for the well-being of your pet, but the vaccination ensures for all around good health. Cat vaccinations and supplies can easily be recommended by your cat's vet. Kittens should be vaccinated from the age of 9 weeks. They are then vaccinated again at 12 weeks, and then go on to a program that would include annual booster injections.

Another source of preventive medicine for your cat is to administer a rabies vaccine. Your vet can brief you on when the shot should be given. Generally, a rabies vaccine is a good idea if your pet cat is in close proximity to feral cats that aren't domesticated. And certainly your cat can't travel to other areas without a rabies vaccine.

Recommended Cat Vaccinations

It is highly advisable to collaborate with your vet to establish a kitten vaccination schedule. The four main vaccinations a cat can have from the age of nine weeks are the following:

  • Feline infectious enteritis
  • Feline herpes virus
  • Feline leukemia
  • Feline chlamydophila

For feline leukemia and chlamydophila, your vet will test the cat's blood to see if there is already immunity built up from previous contact. If the tests come up negative, the cat should be vaccinated. You should also give your cat a panleukopenia cat vaccination, also known as feline distemper.

You cat vaccination schedule can be established by your veterinarian. Taking the time to administer the proper cat vaccination at the proper time isn't just the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to do.

Although vaccines may be counter-productive for some felines, for the majority of pet cats a vaccination series is the best strategy for the long-term health and safety of your cat.

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Posted by Darlene Lopez on November 03,2010 at 09:26 PM
I have a cat and am on a fixed income right now. I need to get my cat his shots and get him fixed? What is the cost
Posted by Kim Eberhardt on November 24,2010 at 08:59 AM
I am requesting the first vaccines to be free for my kitten if possible. I am on a fixed income. I do not think she is old enough to be fixed as of yet but I do want to get this procedure done when the time comes. She will be a housecat. Please help.
Posted by IKITTYU on October 12,2010 at 09:00 PM
ok so where is the free vaccines that brought me to this page. is this a scam????????????????????????????????/
Posted by alexandra nigh on August 28,2010 at 12:24 AM
i have a cat that is about 5 or 6 years old we just took her to the vet to get her vaccinations. she got really stressed out at the vet and now the shes home all she does is sleep. It seems like shes not feeling to well as she has very loose stools. I haven't noticed any vomiting yet, i was wondering if maybe the vaccinations are causing these side effects and the antibiotics she is on right now. i'm really concerned for her if anyone else has dealt with this i will take any advice i can get! Thanks, Alexandra Nigh
Posted by alicia heness on August 19,2010 at 02:25 PM
i have 2 cats that are due for their rabies shots this month if i take them both to the vet, the cost will run me around $140-$150... is there any little to no cost places in luzerne county pa where i can get them their shots?
Posted by sally gibson on September 09,2010 at 07:52 AM
shots shouldn't cost that much. i take my cats to the humane society for their shots and it typically runs $12-20. check to see if there's one in your area or maybe a neighboring county.
Posted by Kimberly english on July 12,2010 at 12:32 PM
Does anyone know where i can get cat shots for little or no cost i found a wonderfull cat outside but right know i have no income and would love to keep him but need help with shots
Posted by sally gibson on September 09,2010 at 07:45 AM
find the closest humane society facility. they administer shots for next to nothing and are kind and gentle with pets. they also spay and neuter pets for very little and can even give you information on how to get help paying for the process.
Posted by Ann on July 13,2010 at 10:49 AM
The least expensive I've found is through PetCo with Luv My Pet. The inital vaccines are about $50, but be sure to check the schedule as these rates aren't available all the time.
Posted by kim lockhart on June 29,2010 at 12:36 PM
I THINK MY KITTEN MAY HAVE DISTEMPER SHE SNEEZYS ALL THE TIME HER EYES MAT SHUT AND RUN ANS NOW SHE IS VOMITING WHITISH CLEAR STUFF
Posted by sorry to hear on November 16,2010 at 07:32 PM
This cat is at the end of her run. Hope you guys had fun together. Sorry for your upcoming loss...
Posted by Dottie on April 07,2010 at 01:59 PM
My cats will need there rabbies vaccinations in July how early can i get their shots.... There is a clinc on april 10th is that to early? Thank You
Posted by Kathy on August 15,2009 at 11:31 AM
Wheere can I get get inexpensive vaccines for my cats. I don't want to not keep up with their health but am finding it difficult for vaccines, nail clippings and flea care. Thank you Kathy
Posted by Karen on February 26,2010 at 12:55 PM
i have found that pecto is best cost effective place for vaccines. first shots around 50.00 later years under 30. hope this helps
Posted by susie on August 11,2010 at 12:14 PM
Is there another place aside from petco? 50 is still something that I personnally can't afford right now. Plus thats just for one shot and if they coupon thing is available otherwise it would probably be more.
Posted by Debbie on July 27,2009 at 06:51 PM
Is it ok for my adult cat to have 4 vaccinations at the same time? Thank You, Debbie
Posted by Jenny-Lee on July 08,2009 at 12:34 AM
What is the approx cost of all 1st vaccinations?
Posted by Britani on October 14,2009 at 02:02 PM
I just priced it at my local animal hospital, and to get your cat declawed its $130. To get the 4 vaccinations it needs it costs a total of $178. But that is with the multiple visits you must schedule for the 3 or 2 part process of the vaccination.
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