“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Ben Franklin in his famous almanac and it still stands true today. That’s why the pet health professionals at the Trailwood Cat Hospital in Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV put so much emphasis on preventative veterinary services such as regular physical and dental examinations, spay and neuter procedures, good nutrition along with weight management programs, parasite control, and especially cat vaccination. Having your feline friend vaccinated is an essential element of effective preventive health care. Our hospital provides all the core and recommended vaccinations your cat needs to stay healthy and happy throughout all their lives.
Why Cat Vaccination Is Important
Vaccinations for cats serve the same purpose as they do in humans, to prevent illnesses caused by certain specific diseases that they are likely to be exposed to in the course of their lives. Many of the diseases that your cat can contract can also be transmitted to humans and to other animals. They can cause serious disability, pain, and suffering, and can often be fatal. Treating the disease once it begins to develop can be expensive and detrimental to your pet’s health. It’s much easier and less expensive to prevent them from occurring at all with cat vaccination. It’s a safe and affordable investment in the health of your cat.
Core And Non-Core Types Of Cat Vaccination
The types of vaccines that are recommended for cats by the Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel are divided into two categories, core vaccines that should be given to all cats no matter where they live or in what conditions, and non-core vaccines, which are highly recommended to cats that live in particular circumstances where the may be more at risk of specific diseases. These will be recommended by your vet based on their health profile as determined by physical exams and health screenings, and by lifestyle considerations.
Core Vaccinations For Cats
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
Non-Core Vaccinations For Cats
- Feline leukemia
- Bordetella bronchiseptica
- Chlamydophila felis
The Cat Vaccination Schedule
Cat vaccination is completed in stages over a period of time. The first shots are given between six to eight weeks, and boosters are administered every three to four weeks apart until your cat is fully vaccinated. They may also be given a booster shot annually.
It is required by law that rabies shots be given to cats between 14 to 16 weeks of age and then again in one year. After that, they may receive a rabies vaccination every three years.
Comprehensive animal healthcare including cat vaccination is always available at the Trailwood Cat Hospital in Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.