The Vaccinations Your Kitten Needs

The Vaccinations Your Kitten Needs

August is Immunization Awareness Month. Is your kitten getting the proper vaccinations to live a long and healthy life? While the specific vaccines that your kitten needs may vary, a Lafayette veterinarian tells you about some of the most common below.

Feline Distemper Vaccine

The feline distemper, or panleukopenia, vaccine, is one of the most important immunizations for cats out there. It’s almost always included in your kitten’s core vaccines. Distemper is a virus that is very contagious and very deadly. Symptoms include fever, depression, dehydration, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting, and worse. Since it’s so difficult to treat, vaccination is the best way to avoid distemper.

Feline Calicivirus Vaccine

Calicivirus is an upper-respiratory virus that his very contagious and affects a large portion of cats. It can cause oral ulcers, blisters, pneumonia, and even death if left untreated. The only treatment options are supportive measures, so it’s best to prevent the virus with a vaccine. It’s usually part of the core regimen, but check with your veterinarian to make sure.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Vaccine

FVR is another respiratory virus, and is also very contagious. It’s especially dangerous because cats who are infected become carriers for life—even if they recover fully! Therefore, a healthy cat who has overcome the rhinotracheitis virus can still pass it on to other cats. Get your cat vaccinated against this virus to keep her health in control.

Feline Leukemia Vaccine

Once a cat has contracted the feline leukemia virus, there is no cure. The virus affects your cat’s immune system, rendering it unable to fight off common infections. It’s commonly spread through cat-to-cat contact, sharing of food bowls, or fighting. A kitten can also be given the virus from their mother at birth.

Prevent your cat from getting FeLV by having her vaccinated early. Contact your veterinarian with any further questions.

Rabies Vaccine

Rabies is one of the most common core vaccines for all mammalian pets, and should be given to your kitten in her core vaccination schedule. Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. Cats will need booster shots on the rabies vaccine every three years.

Need to get your kitten started on her vaccination schedule? Set up an appointment with your Lafayette veterinarian today, and ask about all the important immunizations your kitten needs.

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