We understand that a visit to the veterinarian can be extra challenging for our feline patients. It is our goal to make your cat’s visit as stress free as possible. Please ask for suggestions on how to make the cat carrier and car ride easier. Once you arrive, please ask to be moved to an exam room as soon as possible to continue to keep your cat’s stress level as low as possible. It is important to have regular wellness examinations for your feline companion because they are excellent at hiding illnesses. Often times they do not show signs of a problem until they have been ill for quite some time.
As part of your cat’s care, we strongly recommend keeping their vaccines up-to-date. Feline vaccinations include:
Core Feline Vaccines:
- Rabies Virus – Merial purevax rabies vaccine given specifically to feline patients. Given at sixteen weeks of age for kittens or any age for adults with unknown vaccine status. Boostered annually.
- FVRCP – Feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia combo vaccine – This vaccine can be given to kittens as early as six to eight weeks of age and is boostered every three to four weeks until the patient is sixteen weeks or older. This vaccine is then given one year after the kitten series and every three years thereafter. If administered for the first time in an adult cat, there must be two vaccines given three to four weeks apart.
Non-core Feline vaccines:
- Feline leukemia virus – This vaccine is recommended for all kittens and any adult cat that spends time outside or is otherwise exposed to cats of unknown disease status. This vaccine is typically given at twelve and sixteen weeks of age for kittens. This vaccine is then given one year after the kitten series for all cats and then biannually thereafter for only those feline patients that will be at risk. If administered for the first time in an adult cat, there must be two vaccines given three to four weeks apart.