In order to obtain a license for your cat or kitten you must have a current Rabies certificate. Other vaccines are strongly recommended for the protection and health of your cat and kitten as well as other animals he may come in contact with, i.e. grooming and boarding facilities. Kittens receive important nutrients and antibodies from their mothers’ milk while they are nursing. However, once they are weaned, this passive form of protection is lost. It is at this point in their life that a vaccination program should be started.
Vaccines offer protection against major viral and bacterial diseases that cats and kittens may be exposed to. Cats and kittens are susceptible to disease at any age, and it’s very important to have your young kitten vaccinated for maximum protection. Your veterinarian will set up a vaccination program for your cat or kitten to provide protection for the diseases of concern in your area. Kittens often require an initial vaccination with follow-up booster shots to ensure they are well protected against diseases. Vaccines are designed to provide disease protection for a limited amount of time, often one year. So it’s important to take your cats and kittens for an exam every year with your veterinarian, which will likely include their annual vaccinations. Vaccinations in young animals are a necessary building block in the foundation of your cat’s and kitten’s immune system. Following a proper vaccination schedule will help to ensure that you are doing your part to keep your new friend healthy. Additionally, we recommend that all cats and kittens be placed on a monthly parasite preventative and be tested bi-annually for parasites.