Vaccines play an important role in the control of common viruses. There are many factors to consider when determining your cat’s risk of exposure to disease. We base our vaccine recommendations on a risk-benefit assessment done for each cat and each vaccine.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
Yes, we recommend that all cats be vaccinated at least with the core vaccines of Rabies and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP). It is a by-law of Winnipeg that your cat is vaccinated against at least rabies and FVRCP.
The other vaccine available for cats is the Feline Leukemia vaccine. It is an optional vaccine usually recommended for cats who come into contact with unknown cats.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
Core vaccines for cats include rabies and FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia). The only optional vaccine is the feline leukemia vaccine.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Your veterinarian will determine the frequency of vaccine administration based on the individual needs of your cat.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
There is always a small chance of your cat reacting negatively to a vaccine. Mild reactions associated with vaccines include localized swelling, pain, transient lethargy or fever and granuloma formation. The vaccines that we use in our clinic are chosen for their efficiency and safety.