Kitten Vaccinations

Vaccines are started for kittens at 6-8 weeks of age just as their protection from their mother’s colostrum is decreasing. A second set of vaccinations is administered at 12 weeks and a third set at 16 weeks in order to ensure complete protection.

When should kittens get their first vaccination shots?

Kittens should start their immunizations around 8 weeks of age.

How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?

We recommend kittens be vaccinated monthly at 2, 3 and 4 months of age.

Does my kitten only need core vaccines?

It is recommended that all kittens receive Fvrcp, rabies and the feline leukemia vaccine as a base of immunity. Your veterinarian will assess disease risk after that and adjust the vaccine schedule to what is best for your cat.


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