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One of the most important things for you to do is ensure that your cat receives all of the necessary vaccinations. These will protect your cat from several common ailments.
Kittens should be vaccinated when they are six to eight weeks old. Before this time the kitten has been protected by the antibodies they receive from their motherís milk. Once the kitten is weaned, they need vaccinations to protect them from diseases and to allow it to build their own antibodies.
When you first go to the veterinarian, the vet will give the cat a physical examination. They will do a fecal exam to check for worms and a blood test to ensure the cat does not have Feline Leukemia. They may also test for Feline Infectious Peritonitis. The tests are quick and preliminary results are available within minutes. If your kitten does not have these diseases, they will be vaccinated against them. A cat that never goes outside may not need them, but it is recommended that they do receive these vaccinations. A kitten should also receive their first FVRCPC vaccine.
Your kitten should visit your veterinarian again in another two to four weeks and again at eight to twelve. At this time they should receive another FVRPC and a second FIP and Feline Leukemia vaccine. They may also be wormed again. Kittens who are outside at eight to twelve weeks will also receive a Rabies vaccine.
The third visit to the veterinarian should occur at ten to sixteen weeks. The kitten will then receive its third set of FVRCPC and the kitten should not need a Rabies or FVRCPC. Your Rabies vaccine will be good for three years. Your cat will need an annual FVRCPC vaccine. If your cat received FIP and Feline Leukemia vaccinations, it will need boosters when it is one year of age.
Vaccines are safe, although some do have side effects. Feline Leukemia may cause cancer at the injection site. For this reason, the vet does not give the vaccination to cats that are not at risk. Other vaccinations may cause tumors or cysts at injection sites as well.
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