Vaccines for Kittens
If you just bought a new kitten, congratulations on your recent adoption! Your life is about to change for the better. To help keep your kitty healthy, don’t delay her vaccinations. Kittens can begin receiving their first round of vaccines as young as six weeks old. A series of vaccines are administered in three- to four-week intervals until your kitty reaches 16 weeks old. Following the recommended schedule is the easiest way to protect your cat from preventable diseases.
Schedule your kitten’s vaccinations in Germantown today by calling Germantown Vet Clinic at 240-252-7467.
Affordable Vaccines for Kittens in Germantown
We understand that getting a kitten comes with a lot of new expenses, but you should never neglect your kitty’s health! To make kitten care more affordable, we created a pet wellness plan that covers everything from physical exams and vaccinations for your kitten to deworming and lab work as your cat gets older. By spreading out the cost of vet visits throughout the year, you’re never caught off guard by unpredictable costs.
Learn more about our pet wellness plans »
Benefits of Kitten Vaccines
Many diseases that your kitten can be vaccinated against remain hidden until the disease progresses and becomes more difficult to treat. Early detection is important for effective disease treatment, but vaccines prevent your kitten from getting sick in the first place! In this way, vaccines are cost effective, deliver peace of mind and help ensure your pet stays healthy for years to come.
Even if your cat lives indoors, there’s always a chance she could slip out the door and become exposed to diseases. Plus, up-to-date rabies vaccinations (delivered at 12 to 16 weeks, again at one year and then every three years after that) are required by law in Maryland. Many boarding kennels also require every feline guest to receive all core vaccinations.
Vaccines present mild risks, including tenderness at the injection site, fever and allergic reactions. In most cases, the benefits of kitten vaccines and their ability to protect your pet from dangerous diseases greatly outweigh the risks. If you have any concerns for your kitten’s health, we’ll address them before administering any vaccines.
Kitten Vaccination Schedule
As long as your kitty is healthy and has no other complications to work around, plan to follow this vaccination schedule:
- 6 to 8 weeks: Combination vaccine (which contains feline distemper, rhinotracheitis and calicivirus)
- 10 to 12 weeks: Second combination vaccine (and chlamydophila if your cat is at risk for feline upper respiratory disease complex)
- 12 to 16 weeks: Rabies
- 14 to 16 weeks: Third combination vaccine, (and chlamydophila and feline leukemia for at-risk kittens)
Vaccinations Continue into Adulthood
Once the initial kitten vaccines are complete after 16 weeks, you can take a break from visiting the vet, but not forever. Maryland law requires adult cats to receive rabies shots every three years, starting at 12 months old. You might also decide to pursue booster shots for feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydophila and feline leukemia to increase your cat’s immunity to these diseases as she gets older. We’ll go over your options to help you make the best choice for you and your furry friend.
Keep Your Kitten Healthy – Schedule Vaccinations Today!
With vaccines readily available and affordable through our pet wellness plans, there’s no reason to put your kitty at risk. Be the responsible pet owner you want to be and schedule your kitten’s vaccines at Germantown Vet. We’ve been the top choice for vet care in Montgomery County since 1983.
Contact us online or call us at 240-252-7467 to schedule your cat’s vaccinations today!