Cats are vaccinated against the following illnesses:
- RHINOTRACHEITIS: a virus that affects the eye and respiratory system. This is a herpes virus like the shingles and cold sore viruses in humans.
- CALICI VIRUS: another respiratory virus. May present as fever with a limp in small kittens, but usually takes the form of lesions in and around the mouth.
- PANLEUKOPENIA: the cat version of canine parvovirus and is usually a fatal intestinal disease.
- RABIES: a fatal neurologic disease contagious to humans.
- FELV (FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS): a virus that can cause bone marrow cancer or chronic immune suppression.
- FIV (FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS): the cat version of the human aids virus. It is not contagious to humans.
Immunization & De-worming Schedule for Cats
- Kittens should receive their first FVRCP vaccination at 6 weeks or as soon thereafter as possible. The FVRCP protects against the three most common and deadly viruses in cats: Rhinotraceitis, Calici, and Panleukopania.
- Kittens should also have their first de-worming treatment at the same time they get their first FVRCP vaccination.
- The FVRCP vaccination and de-worming need to be repeated 3 times at intervals of no less than 2 weeks apart and no more than 4 weeks apart. If a kitten is over 9 weeks when it receives it’s first FVRCP vaccination, only one more vaccination is needed.
- A Rabies vaccination is legally required at 3-4 months of age and yearly thereafter.
- An adult cat requires yearly boosters of the FVRCP and Rabies vaccines.
It is a common myth that dry cat food is best for your cat’s health. Although dry food is helpful in caring for your cat’s dental health, it can sometimes be the cause of other problems.
Male cats in particular can have urinary tract problems if they eat only dry food or do not drink enough water. A simple way to help prevent this condition, which can sometimes be fatal, is to include some wet food in your cat’s diet. Wet food contains enough water to help keep the cat hydrated and lessen the chance of crystals forming in the urinary tract or bladder.
Wet food is also one of the best ways to keep your cat’s weight under control. If you find your cat is getting a little heavy, reduce its dry food and increase its wet food.