What Vaccinations Does My Kitten Need?


Kitten Vaccinations in Scardsdale

Kittens are absolutely adorable and lots of fun; however, if you’re thinking about adopting one in the near future, you should also be aware of the responsibilities that will come with raising one. For example, you’ll need to litter train the kitten and teach it not to scratch your furniture. Furthermore, you’ll be responsible for getting the vaccinations your kitten needs against potentially deadly diseases and illnesses.

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Recommended Kitten Vaccinations

In general, kittens should begin vaccinations by the age of 6 weeks, so a good chance exists that your new pet will have already received some of its first rounds of vaccinations by the time you bring it home. Be sure to obtain any relevant veterinary paperwork from your adoption agency, so you can have a record of which vaccines your kitten has received and which ones are needed next. In general, kittens need at least three core vaccinations:

  • Rabies
  • Feline distemper
  • FeLV (feline leukemia)

Rabies vaccinations for cats, dogs, and ferrets are required by New York State law.  For cats, rabies vaccination is administered yearly, as we utilize the safest rabies vaccine on the market. (This is in contrast to rabies vaccinations for dogs, which need only be administered every 3 years.)  Feline Panleukopenia virus (FVRCP), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population, and your cat needs to be vaccinated yearly for this, as well.  Likewise, Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a disease that impairs the cat’s immune system and causes certain types of cancer.  Vaccinating your cat with these 3 core vaccinations yearly will help protect him or her and keep them healthy.

Keep in mind that it’s important to keep your kitten up-to-date on vaccinations, not only for its overall health and well-being, but also because boarding and grooming facilities will require that you show proof of vaccinations.

About Central Animal Hospital

Cat and kitten vaccinations are just one of the many services we offer here at Central Animal Hospital. We proudly serve the Scarsdale area and provide a wide range of veterinary services, ranging from routine wellness exams to surgeries, teeth cleaning and more. We also offer pet boarding services, so you can rest assured your pet is in good hands the next time you go out of town for any reason.

Our caring and knowledgeable staff understands that your pets are like family to you, so we treat them like our own. If you’re looking for the right veterinarian to trust with your pet’s needs, we’re here for you. Give us a call at 914-723-1250 to schedule your appointment today.

Who will you trust with your kitten’s vaccinations?