Vaccines for Kittens & Cats

Vaccines, starting in the first few weeks, protect your cat against otherwise harmful diseases.

Vaccination provides your cat protection against transmittable diseases that could otherwise be potentially harmful to their health. Based on your kitten or cat’s risk factors for contracting certain diseases, we’ll develop a vaccination plan that best meets their needs. While some vaccinations are mandatory, others are only recommended based on lifestyle.

What vaccinations does my kitten/cat need?

Our veterinarians will determine which vaccinations are appropriate for your kitten or cat, based on individual factors, such as lifestyle and health status. While some vaccinations are necessary for all kittens and cats (the rabies vaccine is mandatory under the law), other vaccines are only recommended based on the risk they pose to your cat. Many of the following diseases your cat is vaccinated against can even be fatal. Preventing them is far easier and less expensive than treatment. Some vaccines we recommend include:

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
  • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) - optional
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) - optional

Why do indoor cats need vaccinations?

Just because you have an indoor cat doesn’t mean they’ve built immunity against a range of harmful diseases. Your cat could come into contact with another cat or animal they could contract a disease from. For example, your indoor cat could sneak out of the house and encounter a wild raccoon with rabies which could put them at risk of the disease. Vaccinations are separated into two categories, core and non-core. While core vaccines are necessary for all dogs and cats, regardless of if they’re only staying indoors, your kitten or cat possibly won’t need other non-core vaccines if they’re not at risk of contracting certain diseases. If you’d like to learn more about vaccinations, please contact us at 416-928-6761.

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