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    Pet Vaccines: Schedules for Cats and Dogs

    Vaccination Schedule for Cats: Core and Non-core Vaccines

    Cat Vaccine
    Initial Kitten Vaccination (at or under 16 weeks)
    Initial Adult Cat Vaccination (over 16 weeks)
    Booster Recommendation
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    Rabies
    Single dose as early as 8 weeks of age, depending on the product. Revaccinate 1 year later.

    2 doses, 12 months apart

    Required annually or every 3 years, depending on vaccine used. State regulations may determine the frequency and type of booster required.

    Core cat vaccine. Rabies is 100% fatal to cats, with no treatment available. Prevention is key.

    Feline Distemper (Panleukopenia)

    As early as 6 weeks, then every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age

    2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart

    1 dose is given a year after the last dose of the initial series, then every 3 years.

    Core cat vaccine. Feline distemper is a severe contagious disease that most commonly strikes kittens and can cause death.

    Feline Herpesvirus
    As early as 6 weeks, then every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age

    2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart

    1 dose is given a year after the last dose of the initial series, then every 3 years.

    Core cat vaccine. Feline herpesvirus causes feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), a very contagious upper respiratory condition.

    Calicivirus
    As early as 6 weeks, then every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age
    2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart
    1 dose is given a year after the last dose of the initial series, then every 3 years.
    Core cat vaccine. A very contagious upper respiratory condition that can cause joint pain, oral ulcerations, fever, and anorexia.
    Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
    As early as 8 weeks, then 3-4 weeks later
    2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart
    1 dose is given a year after the last dose of the initial series, then annually
    Non-core cat vaccine.
    Should test FeLV negative first. Transmitted via cat-to-cat contact. Can cause cancer, immunosuppressant
    Bordetella
    At 8 weeks, then 2-4 weeks later
    2 doses, 2-4 weeks apart
    Annually
    Non-core cat vaccine.
    A contagious upper respiratory condition.

    WebMD Veterinary Reference

    Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on November 19, 2015
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