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Cat Vaccinations

We love our cat patients here at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital. Coming to the Vet can be a scary experience for your cat. They are put in a carrier, driven in a car, and then brought into a place where there are frequently barking dogs. All of this can cause a huge amount of stress for your cat. In the interest of being a Fear Free clinic, we offer a special, off the ground, holding shelf for carriers in our waiting room, for our cat patients. Cats like to be off the ground, and this can help them relax while giving them a full bird’s eye view of the waiting room. Our designated cat exam room is equipped with a Feliway diffuser (Feliway helps to comfort your cat by mimicking natural feline pheromones), and Feliway sprayed towels.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Yes. All domesticated animals, regardless of whether or not they go outside, are required by law to have their Rabies vaccination done. It is due to the Rabies virus being transmittable to humans.

What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?

FVRCP is a combination vaccine and protects your cat from serious, life-threatening diseases. The FVRCP vaccination is an important part of your cat’s routine. It prevents three potentially deadly airborne viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis is triggered by the common feline herpes virus. Panleukopenia is also known as distemper and is easily spread from one cat to another. Rabies is the other core vaccination that will be given to your cat.

How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?

Once your cat has reached adulthood and has had their adult vaccines (usually given around 16 months) Their Rabies vaccine will not need to be redone for the next 3 years, and the FVRCP vaccine will not require being done again until after 4 years.

Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?

As with any drug or medication, there is always a small risk of an allergic reaction to a vaccination. These reactions can range from mild to very serious. At Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, take your pet’s health very seriously and will do everything possible to counteract any such reactions and plan ahead for future vaccines.


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