Pet Vaccinations for Cats | Not all vaccines are needed by all cats.
A lot has to do with the lifestyle of the cat. However, there are three “core vaccines” that should be given no matter where a cat may live. These “core vaccines” are Rabies, Feline Distemper, Feline Herpesvirus (Rhinotracheitis) and Feline Calicivirus. All of these diseases can cause significant illness and even death in unprotected cats, especially kittens.
Depending on the lifestyle assessment of a pet, other optional cat vaccinations may be needed. This can be determined by our Community Vaccine Clinics staff veterinarian. At Community Vaccine Clinics, we will discuss the needs for each individual pet and recommend a vaccine protocol which is individualized.
Optional Pet Vaccinations for Cats
Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV)
Feline Leukemia Virus is a contagious viral disease that is transmitted from cat to cat through close contact, and especially through infected cat saliva.
There is no treatment for FLV and prevention is the best means for protecting your cat. Prevention can include vaccination and/or keeping your cat inside and preventing it from contacting other potentially infected cats, which are usually roaming free outside.
Cats that go outside or live with other cats, have a greater chance for contracting FLV than cats that are indoors and have very little contact with other cats..
The disease can also be transmitted from an infected female cat to its kittens through fetal development and nursing.
The Feline Leukemia Virus has been associated with certain cancers in cats. When clinical signs occur do to Feline Leukemia the disease is usually fatal.
If your cat has frequent contact with other cats or kittens, you should be informed about feline leukemia virus. The presence of this virus causes major problems with the cat or kitten’s immune system and other organs, and may even cause cancer. Research indicates that feline leukemia virus is highly contagious among cats of all ages. Current research indicates that it does not affect humans or other species. Among cats, it is spread by saliva, urine, and blood. A cat can also pass the virus along to its kittens in a number of ways before they are born.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Anemia, lack of pink or red color in the gums
- Weight loss
- Recurring or chronic illness
- A progressive weakness
- Lethargy, fever, diarrhea
- Breathing difficulty
- Yellow color in the mouth and/or the white of the eyes
Remember, avoiding exposure with infected cats and updating vaccinations are the best tools of preventive medicine. Our veterinarian can determine the best program for your cat.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis
Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a serious disease and generally causes death.
This virus can cause appetite loss, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, fluid build up in the abdomen (ascites), seizures, and death. A vaccine is available but it is not part of the routine core vaccinations recommended.
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Community Vaccine Clinics
Pinellas County, FL
Serving St. Petersburg – Pinellas Park – Largo – Seminole – Clearwater
Additional Pet Vaccination Information:
Core Pet Vaccines
Other Pet Vaccines
Pet Vaccines – When to Give