Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR)
A respiratory disease found in cats
Calici Virus (C)
An Upper respiratory virus that produces flu-like symptoms
A viral disease fatal to humans and other animals
Commonly known as feline distemper, this is a viral infection caused be feline parvovirus
Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
This virus infects cells of the immune system (the white blood cells)killing or damaging them. It leaves cats vulnerable to a wide variety of other diseases and infections.
Cat vaccinations are an important part of keeping your feline friend healthy. It's not just rabies anymore. Cats need several vaccines done in 3 rounds (and then annually) to maintain optimum health. Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital in Granada Hills will provide all of your cats' vaccines in a warm, friendly environment. We can walk you through what all of the cat vaccinations are and what they prevent. Read on for more information regarding cat vaccinations.
What Vaccinations Does My Cat Need?
Between 6 to 8 weeks old, cats should receive their first round of vaccines. This should be followed by another round at 9 to 12 weeks, and a final round at 12 to 16 weeks. Boosters should be given each year. Following the complete vaccine schedule will protect your cat from many diseases that can be contracted from fellow felines, as well as other animals. The vaccines include:
• Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
A respiratory disease that can cause cold-like symptoms and lead to more serious complications.
• Calici Virus
An upper respiratory virus that causes flu-like symptoms. It is extremely contagious and can cause joint pain, mouth ulcers, and fever.
A viral disease that is fatal to all animals and humans, if not treated quickly. A rabies vaccine is especially important for cats if they go outside. They can be exposed to and may even hunt animals that are carrying the disease.
Also called feline distemper. It is a serious viral infection. It's highly contagious and can be fatal.
• Feline leukemia
A serious virus of the immune system that kills white blood cells. This opens up the cat to other diseases because its immune system is too weak to fight them off. It is highly contagious to other cats.
The Side Effects of Vaccinations
Most cats will be unaffected by their vaccines. The most common side effect is drowsiness. They may sleep most of the day. A few cats may have some bleeding or hair loss where they received the shot. On rare occasions, they may have some diarrhea or vomiting. If it becomes concerning, call our veterinarians.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Granada Hills, CA
At Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital in Grenada Hills, we understand how much your cat means to you. Let us help you keep them in the best of health. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff will put you and your cat at ease. Call our team today at (818) 363-8143 to connect with one of our veterinarians.