Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
Your cat should be vaccinated when they are 6 to 8-weeks-old. This will be their introduction to a series of vaccinations that will strengthen their immune system and fight off diseases. They will continue this process until they are 5-months-old. Vaccinations are a form of preventative care. Following these shots, they may need to receive boosters. This will depend on our veterinarian’s judgement and your home environment. If you live in an area known for certain infections, thus increasing your pet’s likelihood of getting a disease, we will insist on certain types of vaccinations. To learn more about vaccinations and when to get your cat started, call us at 250.598.4477.
How do vaccines work in pets?
Vaccines carry dormant or altered versions of a disease. When it’s injected into your pet’s body, their immune system is introduced to it and learns how to fight it off. Kittens receive antibodies from their mother during nursing that protect them for a while. Eventually, these antibodies wear off and they will need external support. That’s where our vaccination schedule comes in.
What if I don’t follow up with my cat’s vaccination schedule?
Neglecting to see your pet through the entire vaccination process will leave them and other pet’s in your community vulnerable to diseases. Even if your cat is an indoor cat, they could interact with insects that have infections, animals or feces in your backyard that is infected or carry diseases. Getting your cat vaccinated is a form of community care and offers pet parents peace of mind.