All kittens who go home from CalicoRose Cattery are given a series of two ÔshotsŐ. The vaccine we use is modified live, FVRCP. The current protocol suggested by most veterinarians is: one shot at about 8-9 weeks, a time that is generally accepted that the antibodies a kitten got from itŐs mother have begun to wane. The second shot is in effect a booster shot and is given between three to four weeks later. My veterinarian is currently suggesting a booster again at one year and then no shots for three years.
I am asked many questions about what shots to give and when and who to believe. This is a complex subject and has been more than covered in any number of web pages and information is Ôout thereŐ. I have chosen to link you here to a site that will lead you as far as you want to go into researching this complex subject on your own. The decision to vaccinate your pet is a personal one and should be based on full knowledge and disclosure. Your vet should be your partner in this matter. If they donŐt discuss this subject with you and insist on injections that you donŐt understand or want speak up. Do your research and fight for your petŐs rights.
Below are some guidelines. These are only guidelines and are repeated many times in the links below.
Inform yourself as to what each injection suggested is for and with the help of your vet determine if the risk/benefit ratio is appropriate in YOUR case.
1. Among the vaccines there are choices. Modified live, killed, nasal, and vaccines without adjuvants. Read about these options and then discuss them with your vet. If he or she doesnŐt use that vaccine, and you have determined that your choice is one they donŐt have, they can get the vaccine you prefer for you.
2. If you decide to give your cat the vaccine, be present when it is done. Note the location of the injection, ask the vet to make a note of that on your petŐs records. Also ask that only single dose vials, and disposable needles be used. Make sure your vet tapes the label from the vaccine vial to the catŐs record for future reference. If there is a reaction make sure your vet reports it to the appropriate authorities and the manufacturer. You can do this as well.
3. Check the injection site frequently and report any swelling or any other reactions such as sneezing, runny eyes, loose stools, lethargy, loss of appetite to your vet immediately. While site sarcomas are not rare, they do happen, but vaccine reactions can be serious and do happen more often.
4. Remember, vaccinations were designed to save your catŐs life and preserve his health, a goal you share with your cat, your vet and even me.
There is an organization called Education Before Vaccination that is featured on a fabulous web site called
I cannot recommend anything more thorough and well done. Please go there, read as much as you like, and get involved.