Booster Vaccinations for Cats
Regular vaccinations are necessary to protect your cat from fatal and preventable diseases. Booster vaccinations are maintenance shots to keep your cat’s immune system well prepared and keep the wider feline community safe from certain diseases. Your pet’s protection does not stop at the initial round of vaccinations. Over time, immunity from the initial vaccinations will wear off and require re-introducing a harmless form of the virus or bacteria to build immunity. This process helps train your cat’s immune system to recognize the virus and respond immediately.
Q. How often should my cat get booster vaccines?
The recommended booster schedule varies from vet to vet; however, we suggest following the below schedule to ensure our best friends stay healthy for longer.
FVRCP booster vaccine every 3 years
Rabies booster vaccine every 1-3 years (required by law)
Noncore booster vaccines every year
Q. Are booster vaccinations necessary?
Core vaccines such as the FVRCP and rabies vaccine require a booster shot to keep your cat’s immune system strong and prepared for an infection.
Noncore vaccines are not essential for your cat’s protection but provide an extra layer of protection.
Q. What if my cat misses a booster appointment?
In the event of a missed booster appointment, it is best to contact your vet as soon as possible. There is a small window of error for a booster shot to be still effective in protecting your pet. If the vet has determined the window has passed, the initial vaccination process may have to restart to build the proper immunity to the fatal diseases.
Q. Do I need to give my cat a booster shot annually?
The booster vaccine schedule is suggested under a generalized rule of thumb. You may consult with your vet and determine the best program for your cat. You may opt for a blood test, which is costly and may be stressful for your pet, but they will test for the number of antibodies to determine whether a booster is required nearing its scheduled appointment.
Q. Do older cats still need boosters?
The older your cat gets, its immune systems can weaken over time. In the case of more senior cats, a booster shot becomes more vital in protecting their immune system. It is still recommended to uphold the booster vaccine schedule even as your pet grows older.
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