Vaccines are now being divided into two classes. "Core Vaccines" are those that are essential for every cat, even indoor-only cats. These include Rabies and the Feline Distemper vaccination (FVRCP) which protects against upper respiratory infections and intestinal diseases that are fatal in cats.
For kittens, the Rabies vaccine is administered after 3 months of age and is for one year. The FVRCP vaccination requires up to three booster vaccinations administered approximately 4 weeks apart starting at 6-8 weeks of age.
For cats over one year of age who have not received vaccinations previously, the Rabies vaccine is for one year, and the FVRCP may require a booster in 4 weeks, and then will be good for one year.
For adult cats over one year, with history of previous vaccination, the Rabies and FVRCP are three year vaccinations.
The second class, "Non-Core" vaccines, are recommended depending upon the age and health of your cat, as well as the potential exposure to other cats especially stray or feral cats.
Feline Leukemia Vaccine (FelV)
Cats infected with FelV serve as sources of infection. The virus is shed in saliva and nasal secretions, urine, feces, milk from infected cats, bite wounds, during mutual grooming, as well as the shared use of litter boxes and feeding dishes. This vaccine is recommended only for cats that go outside, or risk exposure to an infected cat. For more information regarding having your cat tested for Leukemia, see below.
This vaccination requires a booster vaccination administered in approximately 4 weeks, with annual re-vaccination in one year and then once every two years thereafter.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Leukemia (FelV)
FelV is usually spread when an uninfected cat comes in contact with the saliva or urine of an infected cat when they share food bowls or litter boxes. FIV, on the other hand, is most often spread when an infected cat bites an uninfected cat. Any and all new kittens or cats introduced into your home should be tested for FIV/FelV before introducing them to other cats in the household.
All kittens should be de-wormed at least twice starting between 6-8 weeks of age. All adult cats that go outside should be on a de-worming schedule of once every 3 months to treat and prevent intestinal parasite infection. For adult cats we recommend Profender, a topical de-wormer easily administered at home. Please speak to a customer service representative for more information regarding Profender.