Vaccines for Kittens & Cats

Starting at 6-8 weeks, vaccination provides your kitten with protection against harmful diseases.

Your kitten’s vaccination plan starts from their first few weeks of life and follows them throughout their adult years. While some vaccinations are based on the risk certain diseases pose to your cat (non-core), others are recommended for all felines in Ontario (core). We’ll work with you to tailor your kitten’s vaccination plan specifically to their needs.

Which vaccinations are available for my kitten?

We recommend starting the vaccination process for your kitten when they are 6-8 weeks old. At this point, the immunity they gained from nursing with their mother begins to fade, leaving them more vulnerable to infections. Following their initial vaccination, they should receive subsequent doses every 3-4 weeks until they reach 4 months of age. Some diseases you’re protecting your kitten from when they’re vaccinated include: 

  • Feline distemper (core)
  • Feline herpes (core)
  • Calicivirus (core)
  • Rabies (core)
  • Feline leukemia (non-core) 

Why does my kitten need to be vaccinated throughout adulthood?

Your kitten can maintain their immunity against certain diseases when they receive boosters throughout their adulthood. Depending on the specific vaccination, your cat will likely need boosters every 1-3 years. Vaccines work by stimulating your cat’s immune system to create antibodies, which fight against diseases if they come into contact with it. This either results in complete protection against a disease or only experiencing minor symptoms of an otherwise fatal disease. If you’re interested in learning more about our vaccination plans, call us at 613-748-9820.

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