Vaccination Recommendations for Cats

Component

Class

Efficacy

Length of Immunity

Risk/Severity of Adverse Effects

Comments

Panleukopenia

Core

High

> 1 year

Low to Moderate
Calicivirus

Core

Variable; reduces severity and duration of disease, but does not prevent disease or the carrier state

> 1 year

Low: may see sneezing in cats given modified live vaccine
Rabies

Core

High

Dependent upon type of vaccine

Low to moderate; Lower for recombinant vaccines
Feline Leukemia Recommended for all cats that live outside full or part time, or those living full time inside but with exposure to outside cats. Also suggested for all kittens.

Variable

Revaccinate annually for cats at risk

Vaccine-related sarcomas can develop with killed (adjuvanted) vaccines Vaccination not recommended for cats with minimal or no risk, especially after 4 months of age; blood test prior to vaccination

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