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Kitten Vaccination Schedule

“The Secret To A Healthy Kitten Is Knowing What Vaccinations Are Available”

Many of the serious diseases of cats can be prevented by vaccination. With over 50 million pet cats in the United States alone, your pet is bound to come in contact with an infectious disease at some time. Even if you always keep your cat indoors, your pet can be exposed to viruses carried in the air, in dust, or on clothing. Vaccination is inexpensive protection against costly treatment, or even premature death of your cat.

One important thing to do to ensure your kitten’s health is to bring it to the vet for vaccinations.
Without regular vaccinations, your kitten may develop life-threatening diseases. The following will help guide you through the various diseases that your kittens may get without vaccination and how we can help get your kitten started on the path to success with our “Start Right” programs.


Rabies is a deadly disease. If your kitten has been accidentally bitten by any animal that has rabies, there is a high chance of infection and succumbing to the disease. Your kitten should have its first rabies vaccination when it is only 12 weeks old for its own protection.

Feline Distemper (FVRCP)

Feline Distemper is one of the core vaccinations that you need to give your kittens. Without it, your kitten is extremely susceptible to respiratory diseases and problems, especially since it is very common among the feline population.

The initial vaccination is given when your kitten is 6 to 8 weeks old. Then it needs to receive a booster vaccination every 3 to 4 weeks until it is at least 4 months old. Subsequent vaccinations are administered yearly.

Feline Leukemia

This is a fatal disease that attacks a cat’s immune system. Feline Leukemia can be spread easily from different cats and kittens. In fact, even simple things such as sharing litter boxes, grooming, and sharing food and water dishes can put your cat at an increased risk of getting the disease.

Although not considered a core vaccination, we feel as though it is a necessity since it is such a highly contagious disease. Your kitten should receive its initial leukemia vaccination around 8-11 weeks. It should then be boostered in 4 weeks and yearly thereafter.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

FIP, although uncommon, is an immune response to Feline Coronavirus. It is contagious and is usually transmitted through the sharing of food and litter boxes. The initial intestinal disease may even cause organ failure and eventually death.

Initially, this vaccine should be given when the kitten is 12 weeks old. It’s then boostered in 4 weeks and yearly thereafter.

Start Right Program for Kittens 6-7 weeks old

Within the first 6 to 7 weeks, bring your kitten to our vet to get its initial core vaccinations, Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus. Your kitten should also get booster vaccinations every 2 to 3 weeks until it is 16 weeks old.

You should also have us conduct a fecal exam for parasites and a blood test for feline leukemia.

Start Right Program for Kittens 8-11 weeks old

This is a good time for your kitten to get their booster shots for their core vaccinations. Based on the blood test results, you can also choose if you want to give your kitten a vaccination feline leukemia.

Start Right Program for Kittens 12-16 weeks old

Your kitten should be given Rabies vaccination on this round and the third boosters of their core vaccination.

Raising a kitten is a big responsibility, as they are susceptible to a few highly contagious diseases throughout their lives. As a responsible pet owner, you should visit us to start your new kitten on one of our simple vaccination programs.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment call us 972-772-7777 or schedule an online appointment today.