Vaccines for Cats

Have a conversation with your vet to determine what vaccinations your cat needs based on its lifestyle and disease prevalence in your area.

Vaccinations your cat may need

Panleukopenia virus (Feline Distemper)

(intestines, bone marrow, brain)
Clinical Signs: Seizures, pneumonia, in coordination with diarrhea in kittens.

Important Facts: Highly contagious; Most common cause of seizures in young kittens; Commonly fatal.
Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes virus)

(eyes, nose)
Clinical Signs: Respiratory signs (runny nose, cloudy eyes, sneezing or cough), fever, loss of appetite.

Important Facts: Very common respiratory disease of cats; Can lead to chronic disease; Occasionally severe.
Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

(mouth, lungs, nose)
Clinical Signs: Oral ulcers, Nasal discharge, Respiratory disease.

Important Facts: Can mutate easily, allowing for new strains of the disease to emerge; Most common form of disease is respiratory; Can lead to chronic disease; May cause organ failure; Although rare can be fatal.
Rabies (brain) Clinical Signs: Neurological signs (seizures); Uncontrolled aggression and/or progressive paralysis.

Important Facts: Transmitted primarily by infected wild animals via a bite wound; All mammals susceptible; Effects people too; Fatal.
Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV)

(spleen, lymph nodes, intestines, bladder, bone marrow, salivary glands)
Clinical Signs: Non-specific signs of persistent debilitating disease, Chronic infections may result in various cancers and anemias.

Important Facts: Contagious; Cancer; Chronic immune system dysfunction; Can result in death due to secondary disease.
Feline Chlamydophila Important Facts: Mild upper respiratory infection, affects mucous membranes of eyes; increased risk of infection when boarding.
Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV) Clinical Signs: Immune system suppression; Chronic susceptibility to other infections.

Important Facts: Contagious, caused by retrovirus related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); Causes feline AIDS (not the same virus that causes human AIDS). There is no effective treatment for feline AIDS.

Taking Your Cat to the Clinic

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