To protect your kitten against a range of serious - potentially deadly - diseases, you'll need to ensure they get all the vaccinations they require in their first year, plus booster shots. Today, our vets in Lethbridge share a list of kitten shots, plus a schedule for having your furry best friend vaccinated.
From the day you bring your new kitten home, you've got a lifetime full of discovery to look forward to. That said, in addition to gaining a fluffy new friend, you are also committing to many responsibilities - including caring for your pet's health and happiness and ensuring they have all the vaccinations and boosters they require.
Because those first few months will be busy ones, our vets in Lethbridge want to share which vaccinations your kitten is likely to need, and when. You'll find our cat vaccination schedule in this post.
When should my kitten get their first shots?
To offer them as much protection as possible against common but serious illnesses, diseases and disorders, our veterinarians recommend that kittens receive their first round of vaccinations as soon as they are weaned - between the 6 and 8-week mark for most.
Subsequently, your kitten should then get a series of shots every 2 to 4 weeks until they are about 16 weeks old.
What should I do if I'm unsure of my kitten's vaccination status?
If you have a kitten that's more than 16 weeks old and fully vaccinated, or you are unable to access your pet's medical history, consult your vet for advice. He or she may recommend restarting the vaccination process to make sure your pet is protected.
When it comes to protecting your pet's long-term health, it's better to take all possible precautions rather than leave things to chance.
Kitten & Cat Vaccination Schedule
Especially if you're new to pet ownership, you may find it helpful to keep a kitten vaccination schedule around to help you remember when your young cat should receive their next round of vaccinations. Here is an outline of our recommended indoor cat vaccination schedule.
Deworming: Protection against parasites including heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms.
- First deworming: 2 weeks
- Subsequent dewormings: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks, then monthly until 12 months old
FVRCP; Chlamydia & Leukemia: Protects your cat against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Chlamydia & Leukemia.
- First vaccination: 8 weeks
- Booster shots: 12 weeks and 16 weeks
Bordetella: Protection against kennel cough.
- First vaccination: 12 weeks (Recommended)
- Booster shots: Every 6 - 12 months
Rabies: Keeps your pet safe from the deadly rabies virus.
- First vaccination: 16 weeks (varies by province)
- Booster shots: Every 12 - 36 months
Does my kitten need every available vaccine?
Because every kitten's risk will be determined by factors such as health status, lifestyle and more, we recommend discussing your pet's vaccinations status and the shots he or she will need in the future with your vet. The FVRCP immunization, as well as those for chlamydia and leukemia, are critical.
Your vet will tell you your kitten's specific risk factors and offer advice on which are the best immunizations for your furry companion.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.