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Sunset's cat vaccinations protect your precious kitty from common feline diseases.
In addition to providing your cat with food, water and affection, it is important to make sure your feline companion is up to date with all the current cat vaccinations to ensure a long and happy life. Cats are susceptible to various life-threatening diseases that can be easily prevented with the proper cat vaccines. At Sunset Animal Hospital, we offer multiple cat vaccinations that, with the help of regular heartworm testing and prevention, will ensure your cat’s nine lives are as long, healthy and active as possible. Read more about the specific cat vaccines we offer at Sunset below.
Sunset’s FVRCP cat vaccine is our “feline distemper” vaccination that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. These diseases are highly contagious among cats and can have devastating effects on their respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Our feline patients should receive this cat shot when they are kittens starting at six weeks of age. This cat vaccination should be given every three weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks old, as it will confidently ensure there is not any maternal antibody competition. After these initial immunizations, we administer this cat vaccination yearly for optimum disease protection.
FeLV (feline leukemia virus) is a deadly viral disease that wreaks havoc on affected cats’ immune systems and can lead to an array of cancerous conditions including leukemia. Affected cats may show no symptoms of this disease for months, if not years, and infect other cats all the while. For the best protection, our feline friends should start receiving this cat vaccination beginning at nine weeks of age. After the second set of immunizations is given, a booster is administered one year later, and then every three years afterward.
Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats and humans. This being the case, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. At Sunset, kittens receive this cat vaccine one time after they reach 12 weeks of age. Following the initial vaccine, adult pets receive the “pure vax” form of this cat vaccination yearly for the most advanced safety and protection.
Heartworm disease is a very serious and widespread condition that poses a danger to all cats regardless of their lifestyles and living conditions. A recent study showed that 25% of all heartworm-positive cats in Texas are indoor cats, so we highly recommend heartworm prevention to all cat owners. Heartworms are a type of parasitic roundworms that live in the arteries, lungs and hearts of cats, dogs and other animals. Once a cat is infected, there is no known treatment, so it is of the utmost importance to put your cat on a monthly heartworm prevention regimen.