Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
When Should My Kitten Be Vaccinated?
Kittens automatically receive antibodies in the milk their mother produces
if their mother has a healthy immune system. These antibodies help protect
against infectious disease until the kitten's own immune system develops. When
the kitten is around six to eight weeks of age, your veterinarian can begin to
administer a series of vaccines at three- or four-week intervals until the
kitten reaches 16 weeks of age.
Are There Any Riska Associated with Vaccines?
Immunizations are supposed to mildly stimulate the animal’s immune system in
order to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This stimulation
can create mild symptoms, ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever
and allergic reactions. There are other, less common side effects like
injection site tumors and immune disease associated with vaccination. That
said, it is important to realize that vaccines have saved countless lives, and
play a vital role in the battle against feline infectious disease. As with any
medical procedure, there is a small chance of side effects. In most cases, the
risks are much smaller than the risks of disease itself. But it is important to
talk to your veterinarian about your cat’s medical history before he is
What Symptoms Should I Look For?
Most cats show no ill effect from vaccination. Vaccine
reactions are usually minor and short-lived. Clinical signs include:
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling and redness around the injection site
What Should I Do If I ThinkMy Cat is Having an Adverse Reaction to a Vaccine?
If you suspect your cat is having a reaction to a vaccine, call
your veterinarian immediately.