What vaccinations does my cat need?
Feline distemper (FVRCP): This is a combination vaccine that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia – all of which are extremely contagious and cause severe disease and potentially death. It is extremely important to keep your cat up to date on their distemper vaccine. This vaccine is given to kittens in a series of three or four vaccines and then given every one to three years to adult cats.
Rabies: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. At Hampstead Animal Hospital our veterinarians recommend giving this vaccine annually to cats.
Feline leukemia (FeLV): Feline leukemia virus is a common infection of cats. It’s the cause of more cat deaths, directly or indirectly, than any other organism and is widespread in the cat population. This vaccine is given to kittens in a series of two vaccines and then given annually to adult cats.