What shots do adult cats need every year?

My cat is about 1 and a half years old and he had all of his kitten shots. What shots should he be getting yearly?

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  • Suba
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    1 decade ago
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    "Cats have a few core vaccines. Feline panleukopenia (FPV or "distemper") affects the nervous system of cats and reduces their immunity — kind of like our AIDS for cats. Feline rhinotracheitis (FHV-1) is the name of the disease caused by herpes virus 1. It's like a cold and they get runny eyes and nose. The infection can develop into bronchitis or pneumonia or cause eye disease. It is highly infectious. Feline calicivirus (FCV) causes respiratory disease and rabies.

    Other available vaccines for cats are feline leukemia (FeLV); feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) which is a disease of abdomen that causes inflation of lining of abdomen and can cause organs in abdomen to fail, like liver and kidney; a fungal infection called ringworm and a bacterial disease that usually attacks respiratory system called chlamydiosis.

    Generally, the first vaccinations (FPV, FHV-1, FCV) should be given at six-weeks-old and repeated every three weeks until the kittens turns 12-weeks-old. Then, they should be given a booster at one year, then boosters every three years thereafter. If the kitten is more than 12-weeks-old when given the very first vaccination, then generally it is given one dose, then a booster at one year, then boosters every three years thereafter.

    Feline Leukemia vaccine should be given to cats that are stray, outdoor cats, indoor/outdoor cats, multi-cat households, and FeLV positive households.

    Turner says the FIP vaccine is very controversial and should only be given to cats in catteries.

    There seems to be some link between vaccination in cats and development of tumors called fibrosarcomas. The vaccines that are most commonly linked to this occurrence are rabies and feline leukemia. This is most likely because both of these vaccines are created from "killed virus" to which the body doesn't seem to respond. So an adjuvant is added to "irritate" the immune system and cause a response. It is the adjuvant actually that has been implicated in causing the fibrosarcomas. The risk has been reported at 1 in 10,000 but this is significant.

    These tumors don't seem to be a problem in dogs. But dogs can have an anaphylactic reaction (allergic reaction) or develop a blood disease called immune mediated hemolytic anemia. However these occurrences are remote enough that annual boosters are still commonly given to dogs.

    Traditionally, revaccinations (boosters) have been given annually. Studies show that the effectiveness lasts longer. FPV, FHV-1, rabies, and FCV can be boostered every three years. "

  • 1 decade ago

    Hi, Sarah. Congrats on getting a kitty!

    How long ago did he receive his last shots?

    Indoor cats usually get their Feline Distemper and Rabies shots every 12 months along with de-worming medication that you can give orally. If your kitty goes outside, he will need his Feline Leukemia vaccination as well to protect him from other cats that might be infected.

    Your cat should tolerate the shots just fine although he will be a little lethargic and sore for a few days at the sites of injection. After he gets home watch for any facial swelling, trouble breathing and/or vomiting, loss of appetite or other behaviors that are abnormal.

    Of course with all of my other answers, it is best to consult a veterinarian for advice as well.

    Good luck with kitty!

    Source(s): Cat-owner and lover for 23 years.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Rabies, Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodefiency Virus are the most important ones no matter what anybody says the rest arent nearly as serious.

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