Cat & Kitten Vaccinations
Here at CountrySide Veterinary Service, we emphasize quality animal healthcare. In fact, our motto is, “We treat your pet like family,” when your dog or cat comes in for a visit. Our dedicated team of veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians have more than 30 years of experience caring for animals. To keep your pet healthy and to prevent illnesses, we recommend coming to CountrySide to get your cat’s vaccinations, and to discuss parasite prevention programs. Our veterinarians tailor the immunization plan to your cat and what he or she needs.
Why Does My Cat Need To Be Vaccinated?
Vaccinations help fight infectious diseases that could potentially harm your cat. In fact, without some immunizations your cat could become seriously ill and not be able to fight off the disease. Even if your cat is an indoor cat, it is still important to prepare for different scenarios where your cat could be exposed to other animals who are infected. To ensure your kitten or cat does not get sick, we recommend getting the proper vaccinations that match your cat’s lifestyle. There are many benefits to getting your kitten vaccinated as most kittens have very mild symptoms initially from the vaccinations.
When Should I Get My Kitten Vaccinated?
The veterinarians at CountrySide recommend that your kitten or cat receive their vaccinations at the correct ages and times. Vaccinations prevent your feline from catching a virus or disease. Kittens should start receiving their vaccinations at 8 weeks of age, then a second set around 12 weeks. A final kitten visit will take place when they are 16 weeks old, where they will receive their final distemper vaccine, as well a their rabies vaccine. The second and third set of vaccinations is the “booster shots,” which prevent rabies, immune deficiency, and upper respiratory problems. It does take approximately 14 days for the vaccinations to become completely effective for your cat to be protected against viruses and diseases.
How Often Should I Get My Adult Cat Vaccinated?
The appropriate amount of time to get your cat vaccinated varies on health, environment, medical history, and lifestyle. However, for most adult cats they get re-vaccinated annually or every three years. Our veterinarians will go over the proper immunization plan for your feline to ensure they stay healthy and happy.
Feline vaccinations are important because they prevent illnesses from happening in unforeseen circumstances. For example, if your cat were to escape outside and have contact with a stray cat or animal carrying a virus, and your cat is up to date o their vaccines, they would be protected. In fact, many communities mandate that your cat have the rabies vaccination. To keep your cat healthy and living a long life, we recommend annual physical examinations and staying current with shots.
Schedule Your Cat’s Vaccinations
If you have any questions regarding vaccinations, contact us today at (920) 968-3322 to set up an appointment or fill out an appointment form online. We look forward to helping your feline live a long, happy life.