Vaccine Recommendations for Kittens and Cats

The following vaccinations are strongly recommended for your kitten or cat:

Feline Viral Tracheitis: A very common airborne virus that causes severe sneezing, coughing, eye and nasal discharge, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), and ulcerative keratitis (inflammation and ulceration of the eyes). Kittens may acquire disease while still within the uterus and be born with severe disease.
Affected cats will be chronic carriers (carry the virus within their bodies but do not show outward signs of illness) and symptoms of illness may resurface under times of stress. During these times of illness they can be quite contagious to other cats.

Feline Calicivirus: A very common airborne virus that causes signs of illness similar to Viral Tracheitis such as sneezing, coughing, eye and nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, however, the ulcers tend to be more common in the mouth and on the nose. It can even cause pneumonia and arthritis. As with Viral tracheitis some cats may require extensive medical attention to recover from illness especially if the affected animal is a young kitten that is too weak or uncomfortable to eat.

Panleukopenia (Feline parvovirus): A highly contagious virus that can survive for long periods of time in the environment. The virus attacks both the cells of the intestine and the cells of the blood stream leading to severe widespread illness similar to that seen with parvovirus in dogs and puppies (see Parvovirus) Affected pets are very uncomfortable and rapidly become so ill the disease is often fatal.

Rabies virus: A severe, invariably fatal viral infection that can affect any warm-blooded animal, including humans. Animals carrying rabies virus transmit the virus through their saliva when they bite another animal. Although less common, the virus can also be transmitted through contact with the saliva and through deep scratches from the affected animal. The rabies virus attacks the central and peripheral nervous system causing severe neurological disease and almost always causes death within 7-10 days.
Due to the fact rabies virus is readily transmissible to humans (a zoonotic threat), the Ministry of Health must be contacted in all suspected cases of rabies and federal law enforces that all pets be vaccinated for rabies.

Feline Leukemia: A virus that causes immune system suppression or immunodeficiency with potentially widespread disease in kittens and cats. The virus often causes neoplastic leukemia or lymphoma (cancer) as well. Many kittens are infected prior to being born or shortly thereafter, thus we strongly suggest a feline leukemia blood test when kittens are young and appropriate vaccination against feline leukemia.