Preventing Viral Diseases - Vaccination
The very best way to protect our kitties from common viral diseases is to be sure they receive timely immunization using effective vaccines. Kittens should receive a series vaccines 3 to 4 weeks apart from weaning until 16 weeks of age. This is a time when passive antibodies from the queen are decreaing and exposure to viruses shed by other cats is increasing. Rabies vaccine is given at 3 months of age and repeated annually.
Vaccination reduces the likelihood of severe disease in a population of cats by decreasing the number of sick cats, limiting the amount of virus being passed around and decreasing the virulence (strength) of the virus itself. Vaccination works by preparing the immune system of individual cats so that they recognize and stop the virus before it has a chance to replicate, cause disease signs, and get passed along to other cats in the group.
The vaccines we recommend are:
- Rabies (state law requires annual vaccination for cats)
- Panleukopenia (parvo virus "feline distemper")
- Rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus)
- Calici virus
- Feline Leukemia (for indoor outdoor cats)
Early intervention can keep little problems from turning into big problems!