Kitten vaccination is an important part of preventive health care for cats. Vaccines help to protect cats against infectious diseases that can be serious or even life-threatening. It is important to follow a kitten vaccination schedule recommended by a veterinarian to ensure that the kitten is protected against these diseases.
The specific vaccines that a kitten will need will depend on a number of aspects, including the kitten’s age, lifestyle, and overall health. In general, however, most kittens will need to receive a series of vaccines starting at around 8 weeks of age. These vaccines may include:
- FVRCP vaccine: This vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis (a respiratory disease caused by the feline herpesvirus), calicivirus (a respiratory disease), and panleukopenia (a highly contagious and often deadly viral disease).
- Rabies vaccine: This vaccine is required by law in many areas and protects against rabies, a viral disease that is transmitted through bites from infected animals.
- FeLV vaccine: This vaccine protects against feline leukemia virus, a potentially fatal disease that can affect the immune system.
It is important to follow the recommended vaccination schedule and to keep the kitten up to date on booster vaccinations as needed. Vaccinations can help to protect the kitten against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, and are an important part of preventive health care for all cats.