FAQ – FELINE (Cat) Vaccinations
Rabies Vaccine – only includes the rabies vaccine. In Florida the first rabies vaccine can only be a 1-year vaccine (by law). Revaccinate every 1 or 3-years.
FVRCP (Feline Distemper) Vaccine –includes the following. Revaccinate every 1 to 3-years.
- Feline Rhinotracheitis
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Panleukopenia
FeLV – only includes the Feline Leukemia Vaccine
Rabies is contracted mainly through bites and is transmitted via saliva. After exposure most dogs will show signs with 21 to 80 days. The real concern is the transmission of this virus to humans. Left untreated this disease is ~100% fatal.
Excessive salivation and oral ulceration is common. Excessive eye discharge and nasal secretions can result in open mouth breathing because it is difficult to breathe through the nose. Fever, sneezing and anorexis (not eating) are common clinical signs. This disease can be fatal.
Calicivirus refers to several different strains of related viruses that are focused on the surface of the mouth and also within the deep tissues of the lungs- making the virus potentially very dangerous.
Clinical signs similar to parvo virus in dogs. This disease can be fatal.
Feline Leukemia Virus has no known cure. Feline Leukemia virus is a common disease of cats that can be devastating to the affected cat and their housemates. Chronic wasting, anemia, lethargy and anorexia are common clinical presentations. It is transmittable between cats through contact, congenitally and/or body fluids. This disease is ultimately fatal.
This is NOT a recommended vaccine. Feline Infectious Peritonitis has no known cure. It looks like and it’s ultimate outcome is similar to FeLV. presents similar to FeLV and the ultimate outcomeIt is characterized by lesions of the nervous tissue. Hind limb paresis, general difficulty in controlling muscles, and seizures are common symptoms as well. Unfortunately, most affected cats die within a few weeks or months.
This is NOT a recommended vaccine. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus cure. It looks like and it’s ultimate outcome is similar to FeLV. Affected cats can act normally for months or years before immunodeficiency is noticed. Having such a long infected period can also be devastating to housemates.
Bordetella (kennel cough)
This is NOT a recommended vaccine
This disease attacks the eyes causing redness, pain and excessive tearing. This disease is treatable with antibiotics and vaccinating can reduce its severity. Feline Chlamydia is highly contagious in a feline population.