Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccinations are an important part of helping your cat live a happy and healthy life. During your cat’s wellness exam, we’ll assess their health and lifestyle to determine an appropriate vaccine protocol. If you have questions about vaccinations available for your kitten or cat, please contact us at 306-373-3500.

When do kittens get their vaccines?

Ideally, your kitten should receive their first vaccine at 8 weeks of age. They will also require vaccine boosters at 12 and 16 weeks of age to ensure they have been provided with adequate immunity. They’ll need yearly boosters as well.

How often does my adult cat need vaccination?

Adult cats need vaccine boosters to ensure complete immunity. Booster vaccinations are typically given yearly. One essential vaccine is the core FVRCP, which protects against three diseases: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, CaliciVirus, and Panleukopenia, typically administered every three years.

Rabies Vaccine

The Rabies vaccine is another crucial core vaccine we offer. Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the nervous system of mammals, including humans. Vaccinating your cat against rabies is not only vital for their health but also often required by law. This vaccine is usually given every one to three years, depending on local regulations and the specific vaccine used.

Additional Vaccines

We also offer the Feline Leukemia vaccine, recommended for cats who go outside, as they are at a higher risk of exposure.

Vaccine Safety and Side Effects

Vaccines, when administered correctly, are safe and effective for your cat. Some cats might experience mild side effects such as lethargy and inappetence for a day or two following vaccination. Serious side effects are very rare. Please contact us if you are concerned about your cat’s reaction to a vaccine.

Regular vaccinations are essential to keep your cat healthy and protected from various diseases. If you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s vaccination schedule or reactions, our team is here to help.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Indoor cats should be kept up to date on vaccinations. They can still be at risk if they happen to escape outside or by animals you don’t have control over entering your home such as bats or mice. Your indoor cat should also be kept up to date on their rabies vaccine. There have been several confirmed cases of rabies in the Saskatoon area some of which have caused indoor cats to be exposed.