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The cat, or feline, vaccination series also begins when kittens are six to eight weeks of age. The cat series consists of three visits. Like the dog, the cat needs yearly boosters to maintain a good level of protective antibodies. The feline diseases that veterinarians have vaccines and tests for include:

UPPER RESPIRATORY DISEASES -- a disease complex that has three main causes: the rhinotracheitis virus, the calicivirus and the chlamydia bacteria. Protection against all of these is available in one vaccine. The cat with an upper repiratory disease acts like a human with a cold. Clinical signs include sneezing, runny eyes and difficulty in breathing. Transmitted from cat to cat by inhaling infective particles through the nose and mouth, it is highly contagious.

FELINE LEUKEMIA -- a viral disease that is the leading viral killer among cats and is transmitted from cat to cat by direct contact. The feline leukemia virus may cause leukemia or just an elevated temperature of unkown origin. It also may cause cancerous growths or lack of red blood cell production (anemia). Support and treatment of an infected cat is costly and the disease is usually fatal. At present, there have been no conclusive studies that show a cross-infection of the feline leukemia virus between cats and humans.

RABIES -- transmitted by the rabies virus, which enters the body through a break in the skin -- often a bite from an infected animal. It is almost always fatal. Rabies is contagious to all land mammals, including humans. It is a very serious disease and should never be taken lightly. That's why there's so much emphasis on rabies vaccinations. It's important for owners to get their pets immunized and keep their vaccinations current. In fact, in most states the law requires that dogs and cats be current on their rabies vaccinations.

FECAL -- tests for intestinal parasites living inside your pet's body such as tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, coccidia and whipworms. Some of these parasites can also infect humans so great care should be taken when cleaning an area used by a pet infected by worms.


6-8 Weeks

Initial physical exam
Feline leukemia test
First FVRCPC vaccination
Intestinal parasite check (fecal) and deworming if needed.

10-12 Weeks

First Leukemia vaccination
Second FVRCPC vaccination
Second deworming if needed

14-16 Weeks

Rabies vaccination
Second Leukemia vaccination

3-6 Months

Spay or Neuter


Physical exam
Rabies vaccination
FVRCPC vaccination
Leukemia vaccination