Standard Annual Cat Vaccines
- FVRCP (this is a combination vaccine for Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Chlamydia)
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)
Below is more detailed information about the diseases these vaccines protect against:
Rabies Virus – (required by law)
Rabies is a 100% fatal disease. Because there is no effective treatment and the disease can also kill humans, vaccination is required by law throughout the United States. Each city or county may have their own requirement as to the frequency of vaccination. Most municipalities require yearly vaccination while some will accept a 3-year vaccination. River Oaks, Westworth Village and Sansom Park all require annual rabies vaccination. Check with your city of residence to confirm their requirements.
Kittens should receive their first rabies vaccine at 12-16 weeks of age.
Animals suspected of having rabies or who bite (or even scratch) a person and don’t have proof of current rabies vaccination
will often be euthanized or quarantined at the owner’s expense. The only way to diagnose rabies is to examine the brain, which requires euthanasia.
Panleukopenia Virus – (All cats should receive this vaccine)
This virus is the feline version of parvovirus found in dogs. It is highly contagious and is usually fatal. This virus attacks the digestive and immune system and can kill infected cats and kittens in a matter of days. This hardy virus can live in the environment (yard or house) for years.
Kittens should receive their first vaccine for this virus by 7-8 weeks of age followed by two booster shots. Adult cats should be vaccinated once a year.
Feline Leukemia Virus – (All cats that go outside or that have contact with other cats that go outside should get this vaccine)
This retrovirus is the most common cause of cancer in cats (especially cancers of the blood). It is a contagious virus that is transmitted in the saliva of infected cats (through grooming, shared food and water bowls or cat bites). It is also transmitted in-utero from an infected pregnant cat to her unborn kittens.
Kittens should receive their first vaccine for this virus by 10-12 weeks of age followed by one booster shot. Adult cats should be vaccinated once a year.
Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Herpesvirus, Chlamydia (All cats should receive these vaccines)
These four infectious agents are all very contagious between cats. They cause various forms and degrees of upper respiratory infections and other ailments. These vaccines are typically part of the FVRCP combo vaccine that all cats should get.
Kittens should receive their first vaccine at 7-8 weeks of age followed by two booster shots. Adults are vaccinated once a year.