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Feline Vaccinations FAQs

Having your kitten or cat vaccinated is the single most important way to protect its health throughout its life. A variety of contagious diseases can be transmitted from one animal to another that can cause serious illness or even death. Regular vaccinations protect your pet and also help to provide “herd immunity” to reduce the risk of transmission for animals who are too young or too sick to receive vaccinations. When you have your cat vaccinated, you help to protect the whole feline population.

What Vaccines Are Most Important For My Cat or Kitten?

Although cats and kittens are susceptible to a number of transmittable diseases, they are likely to be exposed to only a few of these in ordinary circumstances. Most feline experts recommend vaccination against feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline leukopenia (distemper), feline calicivirus and rabies. These diseases represent the highest risk for transmission within the feline community. Kittens are given a combination vaccine over a period of weeks, from 6 to 20 weeks of age. Adult vaccinations are generally given annually. Your local animal hospital will keep records of your kitten or cat’s vaccinations and will notify you when booster immunizations are required.

Are There Additional Vaccines That May Be Important?

Other vaccines are available that are given on a case-by-case basis, depending on the risk of exposure. Generally, they are provided for animals that are likely to interact with other animals that may be at risk for the diseases. Talk to your vet about vaccinations against feline AIDs, feline leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis, Chlamydophila felis and Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccines for your cat.

Do Feline Vaccinations Have Side Effects?

Generally, feline vaccinations are well tolerated with no side effects. However, sensitive animals may experience nasal discharge or coughing for a day or two after the vaccination. Occasionally, cats will develop a lump at the site of injection. This problem usually resolves in a day or two. If it does not, or if it gets larger, contact your vet for further treatment. Rarely, animals will be allergic to one or more of the components in the vaccine, so it is always a good idea to monitor your cat closely after vaccination to ensure a problem doesn’t develop.

Make Collierville Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Collierville, Tennessee

Pet owners in Collierville, Germantown, and Piperton, Tennessee can rely on the experienced veterinarians and staff at the Collierville Animal Hospital & Surgery Center for vaccinations and other veterinary services to maintain your pet’s health. We know that your pets are an important part of your family, and we strive to provide individualized treatment and quality wellness care at all stages of their lives. Contact Collierville Animal Hospital & Surgery Center today at 901-881-8289 for an appointment to discuss the vaccinations that can prevent serious diseases in your cat or kitten.

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