Basic Shots for Cats

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Basic Shots

All kittens need to be vaccinated according to the schedule provided by your veterinarian. Cat vaccines protect against feline leukemia, feline distemper, upper respiratory infections and rabies. Veterinarians usually recommend giving a young kitten a series of these vaccinations starting when the kitten is six to eight weeks old, and continuing every three to four weeks until the kitten is about four months old. Remember most vaccines must be given over a period of time and require multiple veterinary visits. So check with your veterinarian and get ready for a happy, rewarding friendship with your pet. Below is a recommended vaccination schedule for your new kitten. Vaccination protocols will vary from state to state, so please consult your veterinarian.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule*

DiseaseAge At First Vaccination (weeks)Booster Vaccination Intervals (months following initial series)
Caliciviral Disease (upper respiratory)6-812
Feline Leukemia10 12 or 13 and14*
Panleukopenia (feline distemper)6-812
Pneumonitis (Chlamydiosis)6-1012
Rabies12-16 12 or36**
Viral Rhinotrachetis (upper respiratory)8-1012

*Vaccination protocols will vary. Consult with your veterinarian to discuss your cat’s vaccination needs.
**Depending on which type of vaccination your veterinarian recommends and local laws.