Vaccinating your adult cat or kitten can be one of the most important steps you take to prevent disease in your pet. Feline vaccinations fall into two basic categories, the "core" vaccines, or those that are recommended for most cats, and the ancillary vaccines, or those that are only recommended for a small percentage of cats. Although most feline veterinarians are familiar with both groups of vaccines and how and when they should be administered, it is also important for cat owners to educate themselves on what is available and the benefits and risks of vaccinating their pets. The following provides a synopsis of the current vaccines available and when and to which cats they should be administered. Feline panleukopenia: Feline panleukopenia also known as feline distemper is caused by the feline parvovirus.
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Adult Immunization Schedule by Vaccine and Age Group | CDC
The importance of vaccinations to the overall health and longevity of your cat cannot be understated. Cat vaccines are medically and scientifically proven to combat the incubation and transmission of crippling and fatal feline diseases. Our veterinary staff is dedicated to educating people about the importance of cat vaccinations, including what cat vaccines are necessary, and when they should be scheduled. It is important to note that our doctors don't follow a 'one size fits all' protocol for immunizations, but rather treat each patient as an individual and recommend the best possible protocols for that particular cat by looking at their risk factors such as age, overall health and lifestyle. Over the years we have fielded many questions about cat vaccinations from concerned kitten and cat owners.
A Recommended Cat Vaccination Schedule
The goal of vaccinating your adult cat is to prevent as many diseases as possible. What vaccines are even available for your adult cat? There are lots of vaccines available, but not all cats need to be vaccinated for all diseases all the time.
Vaccines for cats prevent potential of future illnesses. They also help to reduce the severity of a disease or prevent infection. And because not every cat needs a vaccination for all sorts of diseases, discussion with a vet is essential in determining the type of immunization and program your cat should get.