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SCHEDULE FOR KITTENS:
  • 6 weeks: Kitten deworming to keep the kitten free of internal parasites.

  • 8 and 12 weeks: Kitten shots. Also at 12 weeks, your veterinarian may want to test for FeLV (feline leukemia). Once your cat is vaccinated with FeLV vaccine, the test for leukemia will be positive.  Although a vaccine is available for FeLV, many breeders and veterinarians do not approve use of this vaccine for indoor-only cats.

  • 16 weeks: Rabies shot. Mandatory in many states.

  • Three to Six Months: Neutering. It is essential for your cat's health and well-being that he or she be spayed or neutered, preferably before achieving sexual maturity. Spaying a female cat will prevent unwanted litters of kittens in a society already overburdened with an excess of homeless cats. Neutering a male will help prevent territorial spraying, as well as violent and dangerous territorial fighting, as well as helping ease the overpopulation problem.

  • One year:

    • Booster shot (FVRCP or other, as your vet recommends)

    • Physical examination-- usually done at time of Booster shots

    • Dental examination and cleaning

  • Thereafter:

    • Annual examination and dental cleaning

    • Booster shot and Rabies vaccine every three years, or as required by law
      Note: The new protocol of the American Association of Feline Practitioners is that cats ten years old and older have probably acquired immunity, and no longer need booster shots. Annual titer testing is recommended for seniors, instead.

SCHEDULE FOR  ADULTS:

  • One dose of FVRCP at time of adoption, along with spaying or neutering if not already done

  • Rabies vaccine, then every three years, or as required by law

  • Booster shot one year later, then every three years as above

  • Annual examination and dental cleaning

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