Cat Vaccines

Core vaccines are highly recommended and/or mandatory for all cats. Non-core vaccines are optional vaccines that should be considered in light of the exposure risk of the animal.

Core Vaccines

Rabies

Rabies is a serious, contagious, fatal disease of animals and humans. Because of the deadly nature of the disease, vaccination of dogs and cats is required by law. Cats 12 weeks and older can receive this vaccine. Adult cats with unknown vaccination history should also receive a single dose of rabies vaccine. After the initial dose, cats should receive a booster injection one year later, then every one or three years depending on which vaccine is given. See more information on rabies on the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus & Panleukopenia (FVRCP)

This vaccine protects cats against feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. Kittens can begin their FVRCP vaccines as young as six weeks old and needs to be repeated every two to four weeks with the final booster being given no sooner than 16 weeks of age. For cats older than 16 weeks of age, two doses of vaccine should be given two to four weeks apart. After a booster at one year, revaccination is suggested every three years thereafter. See more information on panleukopenia on the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

Non-Core Vaccines

Feline Leukemia (FeLV)

Feline leukemia is a highly contagious respiratory and immune-compromising virus that is contracted by contact with infected cats. It is highly recommended that FeLV-negative cats allowed to go outdoors or cats having direct contact with other cats of unknown FeLV status are vaccinated. Initially, two doses of FeLV vaccine are given at two to four week intervals, after which annual boosters are recommended depending on risk. For more information on FeLV, see our Feline Leukemia & Feline Immunodeficiency Virus page and read the FAQs About Feline Leukemia Virus Flyer (PDF).

Additional Information

Please consult your veterinarian for their protocols and recommendations.