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First Time Kitten Vaccines

Kitten Vaccines

When?

At about 8 weeks of age.

What?

Panleukopenia    –  a very serious virus affecting the respiratory and gastro-intestinal

Rhinotracheitis   –   a virus causing upper respiratory and ocular symptoms

Calicivirus             –  a virus which causes upper respiratory signs and severe ulceration in the mouth

How Will My Kitten Feel After These Vaccines?

Similar to when we receive vaccines, or contract an illness naturally, your cat is likely to be a bit more sleepy than normal, and his/her appetite may be reduced…often just for a day or two.

Is That It For The Vaccines?

Not quite.  The vaccines are repeated at 12 weeks of age and then again at about 16 weeks of age.

Why Are They Repeated So Many Times?

There are two important reasons for the repetition of vaccines.  The most important of these is that immunity from the mother can interfere with the kitten’s ability to respond well to the vaccination.  As this “passive” immunity begins to fade over time, the kitten’s immune system will start to recognize the vaccine and build its own proper immunity.  In addition, the re-challenge of a booster often helps increase the protection to a higher level.

If you have any questions or concerns about which vaccines are applicable for your particular kitten, please feel free to call us.  We will make sure that your kitten receives the most appropriate protection for his or her lifestyle.

by Dr. Stephen Longridge

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