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Vaccination Schedule for Cats

*FVRCP is initially given at 9 weeks of age and is repeated every three weeks. The final vaccination falls between 15 and 18 weeks of age.

**Feline Leukemia is recommended for those cats who may go outside or are boarded, groomed, or shown frequently.

***RABIES vaccination is given every 1 to 3 years. RABIES vaccination must be repeated within a year if patient is less than one (1) year of age.

 

Preventative Measures

 

Stool checks:  Veterinarians check your cat’s fecal material for different parasites that may cause illness in your pet.  This is especially important for kittens and strays.  Fecal checks are recommended yearly.

Heartworm prevention:  Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in cats.  It is caused by Dirofilaria immitus.  These worms live in the heart and adjacent vessels of infected cats.  Cats are infected by mosquitoes, and YES, indoor cats are at risk, just as much as outdoor cats.  Common clinical signs of heartworm disease are coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, weight loss, and in some cases sudden death.  Unfortunately, cats cannot be treated for heartworms, but they can be put on Preventative. We recommend that all cats be on heartworm preventative year round.

Health exam:  It is very important to have your cat examined at least once a year.  This is to help detect hidden health problems (such as a heart murmur, dental tartar, or ear infection) so that they may be treated and controlled before your pet develops a serious condition.

Spaying and neutering:  This operation will help to make your cat a better pet and also prevent potential future health problems.  Research shows that females should be spayed at 6 months of age.  Each heat cycle that your pet has increases the risk of her getting breast cancer.  It is also common for the middle-aged and elderly female cats to get uterine infections (which can be fatal).  Male cats can get cancer in their testicles and inflammation of their prostate gland.  Intact male cats tend to want to roam around outdoors and can travel great distances.  This exposes them to other cats with varied diseases and puts them at risk of contracting FeLC and FIV.  Most people think that neutering their pet is unnecessary and cruel; or, that their cat needs to have one litter or go through a heat cycle.  Please realize that these are old wives tales.  Neutering does not alter the pet’s personality or cause your cat to become fat.  Decreased exercise and overfeeding is the cause of obesity.