What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually.


A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system.  This is not only to have an immune response but also to get the level of response high enough in the body to stay strong for the year ahead.

Core Vaccinations

Core vaccines are vaccines that are recommended for every single cat.  These pathogens are highly contagious, common and can be life-threatening.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is caused by a herpesvirus which leads to upper respiratory disease (coughing, sneezing, red & runny eyes) and can lead to secondary bacterial infections.


Calicivirus causes upper respiratory disease, as well as painful ulcers in the mouth (gums and tongue).


Panleukopenia is a virus which attacks rapidly dividing cells of the bone marrow which can lead to immunocompromisation and possible death.


This is spread in saliva from one mammal to another.  Bats are also carriers of the Rabies virus and Rabies positive bats have been found in this area.  Your puppy will be vaccinated for Rabies at 16 weeks of age.

Lifestyle Based Vaccinations

There is only a single lifestyle-based vaccine for cats and it is recommended for cats that spend time outdoors.

Feline Leukemia Virus

The feline Leukemia Virus is transmitted between cats through saliva, (bites, licking wounds).  The virus attacks bone marrow and can weaken the immune system and potentially the cat can develop leukemia or lymphoma.

If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss it with us at your kitten’s next vaccination appointment.