THE LIFESTYLE OF YOUR CAT

Some of your cat’s vaccination and treatment needs are determined by his/her lifestyle.

Which of these lifestyles represent your cat?

Kittens:

Recommended vaccinations / treatments:

  • Initial Feline Leukemia and Immunodeficiency virus test after 9 weeks old.
  • Fecal – Testing for internal parasites.  Council of Disease Control recommends two negative fecals as a kitten.
  • Feline Distemper – Rhinotracheitis-Calici virus vaccine (FVRCP): Initial series of 3 vaccines (given every 3-4 weeks).
  • Feline Leukemia vaccine (FeLV): initial series of 2 vaccines then booster if outdoor cat.
  • Feline Rabies vaccine:  initial vaccine administered between at 16 weeks of age, booster in one year.

Adults:

Inside cat/ couch potato:  Inside cat has no contact with other cats or dogs and does not board or have grooming by a professional.

  • FVRCP vaccine:  booster administered 1 year after kitten vaccination, then every 3 years.
  • Rabies:  booster 1 year after kitten vaccine, then every 3 years.
  • Revolution:  Year round to prevent fleas, ear mites, heartworms and internal parasites.
  • Fecal annually (Intestinal Parasite Screening)

Active Inside Cat:  Sees stray cats coming to the screen window, is boarded or is professionally groomed or with a dog or outdoor cat in the household.

Following the previous series for Couch Potato with the following changes:

  • FeLV:  booster yearly.
  • Revolution: once monthly year round.

Outside Cat:  May be an inside/outside cat. Consider any cat who spends time outdoors an outdoor cat.

Follow the previous series for Kittens/Couch Potato and Active Inside Cat and add the following:

  • FIV-FeLV test:  yearly if heavy exposure to other cats/fights.  Every 3 years if light exposure.
  • Fecal:  1 fecal every 6 months.
  • Revolution:  once monthly year round.