Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

We perform a complete examination on all of our patients before vaccination. Since vaccinations have side effects, an examination helps us ensure your pet is healthy before receiving them. Each vaccination plan is created with your pet’s specific needs in mind since no two pets are exactly alike. If you’re interested in creating a vaccination plan, please contact us at 416-775-0101.

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How old should my kitten be for the first vaccination?

If your kitten’s mother was vaccinated, their milk generally provides some protection against infections when they’re born. However, this only lasts a short time, so your kitten will need to be vaccinated within their first weeks of life. When your kitten is 6 to 8-weeks-old, they’re vaccinated 3 to 4 times every 3 to 4 weeks. They usually receive boosters annually after their initial vaccines.  

Why does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated? 

Even indoor cats are at risk of contracting diseases. Many diseases that affect cats are highly contagious, impacting their respiratory tract. If your cat likes to take unsupervised trips outside, we recommend vaccinating them against feline leukemia. Generally, cats and kittens should be routinely vaccinated against:

  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis
  • Feline panleukopenia virus
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Rabies

Can I choose which vaccinations my pet gets?

The rabies vaccine is mandated by law for your pet’s protection against the viral and often deadly disease. We strongly recommend you vaccinate your pet against the diseases we mention above. Every vaccine we recommend has been heavily tested and is safe for your pet. Without vaccination, your pet is at risk of serious health complications and, in some cases, death. Vaccinating your pet is the best way to limit the potential of them being infected and becoming very sick.

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