Your Kitten’s Essential Vaccinations

Proper vaccination is one of the keys to your cat’s health and longevity. If you’ve recently adopted a kitten or are bringing one home soon, vaccination is an important step! Here, your Cameron Park, CA veterinarian goes over the basics on some of the essential kitten vaccines.

Feline Leukemia

The feline leukemia virus (FeLV), which attacks a cat’s immune system and leaves them vulnerable to infection, is particularly dangerous because it’s incurable once a cat has contracted it. Leukemia is also quite contagious and can easily be spread through cat-to-cat contact or through infected food bowls, toys, etc. Supportive care is the only option once a cat has contracted the disease, so vaccination is essential. The FeLV vaccination is almost always included in a kitten’s core batch of vaccines.

Feline Distemper

Distemper is often thought of as a problem for our canine companions, but the feline distemper virus is equally dangerous. The distemper virus, also called panleukopenia, causes symptoms like loss of appetite, dehydration, depression, diarrhea, vomiting, and depression, among others. Vaccination is highly recommended to have your cat avoid the issue entirely.


Calicivirus is an upper-respiratory infection, and it’s common amongst our feline friends. Without treatment, a cat can come down with pneumonia or even die. Prevention is key, because there isn’t a way to cure calicivirus once it has taken hold. Check with your veterinarian to make sure the calicivirus vaccine is included in your kitten’s core batch.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR)

Similar to calicivirus, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) is a highly contagious respiratory virus. Cats who have been infected become carriers for life even if they’ve beaten the disease themselves; they can always spread it to other healthy cats. This is why the FVR vaccination is an important step early on in your kitten’s life.


We’ve all heard of the rabies virus. It’s required for almost all pets in all areas because of the rabies virus’ highly contagious nature—it can even be transmitted to humans. Ask your vet for further details on the rabies virus and getting your kitten vaccinated against it.

These are not the only vaccinations out there for kittens. Make sure to have a conversation with your veterinary professional to find out about all the vaccines that your kitten will benefit from. If your new pet needs vaccinated, we’re here to help—make an appointment with your Cameron Park, CA vet.

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