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001. Vaccination and Worming Schedule


This article is from the General Cat Care FAQ, posted to rec.pets.cats newsgroup. Maintained by Cindy Tittle Moore with numerous contributions by others.

001. Vaccination and Worming Schedule

Sources: Preventative health care schedule for cattery cats and pet catsPreventative Health Care and Infectious Disease Control, pp. 391-404 in Sherding, Robert H. (ed) The Cat: Diseases and Clinical Management, v1. Churchill-Livingstone Inc, NY.

All cats should be vaccinated, even strictly indoor ones. Cats may escape. Some diseases use mice, fleas, or other insects as vectors and do not require the presence of other cats. Natural disasters: consider earthquakes, hurricanes, etc., may let your cat out of the house.

        3 weeks         fecal exam
        6 weeks         fecal exam
        9-10 weeks      FHV/FCV/FPV vaccine
                        ELISA test for FeLV
                        FeLV vaccine
                        fecal exam
        12-14 weeks     FHV/FCV/FPV vaccine
                        FeLV vaccination
                        Rabies vaccine
                        fecal exam
        6 months        FeLV vaccination
                        fecal exam
        12 months        fecal exam
        16 months       FHV/FCV/FPV vaccine (repeated annually)
                        FeLV vaccine (repeated annually)
                        Rabies vaccine (repeated according to manufacturer's
                        fecal exam (every 6 months)

FCV= feline calicivirus

FHV= feline herpes virus (formerly called feline rhinotracheitis virus)

FPV= feline panleukopenia virus = distemper

FeLV = feline leukemia virus

FIP is a yearly vaccination, but its effectiveness and safety are questioned. Talk with your vet.

The FHV/FCV/FPV kitten shot also commonly includes a vaccine against Chlamydia, which is another respiratory disease.

A vaccine for ringworm has just come on the market in the US. It is said to be good for both treatment and prevention. It may or may not be available in your area, and it is very new, so there is not much data on its effectiveness. You may want to ask your vet about it if ringworm is a problem in your area.


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