What Needs To Be Done
Kittens should receive a set of vaccinations usually two to three, but depending on when you start they may require four. Vaccinations can start to be given at the age of 6 to 10 weeks when they weigh a pound and a half. The vaccinations should be given between 2 to 4 weeks apart until the kitten is at least 14 to 16 weeks of age. In addition, there are intra-nasal vaccines that may be used instead of the more popular shots.
The 3 in 1 vaccine: Feline Rhinotracheitis – viral respiratory infection
Calici- viral respiratory infection
Panleukopenia – feline distemper
The 4 in 1 vaccine: Adds Chlamydia - eye infection and upper respiratory to the three in one shot. There is some controversy between veterinaries that the vaccination for Chlamydia is effective and so only will give the three in one vaccination.
Two vaccinations, Rabies and Leukemia, have been known to infrequently cause cancer at the injection site, so if they are given, they should be given in the back legs – Right for Rabies and left for Leukemia. Discuss with your veterinarian other ways to reduce the risks.
Rabies: First vaccination should be given when the cat is 3 to 4 months of age. Depending on the type of vaccination given a booster is required every one to three years. Most counties require this vaccination.
Leukemia: This vaccination should be discussed with your veterinarian as it may not be needed if the cat is an indoor only cat.