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Importance of Vaccines

The Importance of Pet Vaccines

Vaccines are an essential aspect of your cat’s veterinary care. Whether you own a kitten or an adult cat, vaccines will protect him against infectious diseases that can make him very sick. At A Cat Hospital, we offer core and noncore vaccines for kittens and cats in the Henderson and Las Vegas areas to keep your pet healthy year after year.

Importance of Vaccinating Your Cat 

Cats are susceptible to a number of contagious diseases, whether they stay indoors or go out. Your indoor pet can pick up a virus from a playmate, at a boarding facility, or from an occasional venture outdoors. Vaccines strengthen your cat’s immune system so that he can fight off diseases, should he be exposed. Vaccinations also protect other animals and you from contracting a disease from your pet.

Timetable for Vaccinating Your Cat

Kittens need a series of vaccines to protect them from disease after they’re weaned. These can begin around 6 to 8 weeks of age. Boosters are given every 3-4 weeks until your kit reaches 16-18 weeks of age. Adult cats can be vaccinated every one to three years, depending on their age, health, and lifestyle. Our veterinarian will customize a vaccination schedule that offers the unique protection your pet needs.

Core and Noncore Vaccines

Core vaccines are considered vital to cats, as they protect them against dangerous, life-threatening diseases. These vaccines include:

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia (aka feline distemper)
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis
  • Feline calicivirus

The latter three are usually combined into one vaccine known as FVRCP or the “distemper shot.”

Noncore vaccines are given according to your cat’s lifestyle. If he spends any time outdoors, our veterinary specialist will recommend your cat be vaccinated against chlamydia (respiratory infections) and feline leukemia. If you board your cat, you may want to have him vaccinated against Bordetella (kennel cough), as he may be exposed to this disease being around other cats.

See Our Henderson/Las Vegas Veterinarian for Cat Vaccines

To schedule an appointment to vaccinate your kitten or cat, contact A Cat Hospital, serving residents in Henderson and Las Vegas, at 702-514-0949 today.

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