Cats, even indoor cats, must be vaccinated against disease at recommended intervals. Cats are susceptible to numerous diseases, such as rabies, heart worms, distemper and parvo. Your vet can recommend the proper vaccinations and suggest the proper intervals that will protect your cat, helping insure a long and healthy life. Below are general guidelines for a healthy cat.
Please note: not all vaccinations listed may be required; it depends on your cat’s lifestyle and overall health, as well as the area in which you live.
1. FVRCP Combination - Annually
The FVRCP is the basic combination shot. FVR stands for feline rhinotracheitis, an upper respiratory infection resulting in conjunctivitis, sneezing, nasal discharge, eye lesions and occasional coughing. The letter C stands for calicivirus, a virus that can cause similar respiratory signs. These diseases account for 95% of upper respiratory infections in cats. Many adult cats are carriers of the disease, even though they may have no signs of it themselves. The P is for panleukemia or known as "feline distemper virus." This disease causes vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fever and sudden death in cats. A sign of distemper is a yellow fluid discharge from a cats eyes; particularly common in stray cats.
2. Rabies – Annually (or 2-5 year available)
For the prevention of rabies. This vaccination is usually required by state and local laws.
3.) Feline Leukemia - Annually
Feline Leukemia is a virus that causes infection, immunosuppression, cancer and tumors in cats.
4. FIP - Annually
Feline infectious peritonis is another virus that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, eye infections, fluid in the abdomen and death if left untreated.
5. Heart Worms – Monthly
Heart Worm disease is spread by mosquito bites. If the cat takes the medication regularly, it will be protected; if a dose is missed, the protection is lost and the cat will be susceptible until the next dose is taken.