Minimal Feline Vaccinations and Preventatives are Recommended By Most Veterinarians Based on the Following Risk Factors:
*Vaccinated felines can shed Bordetella for several weeks to a year after vaccination and during this time can infect other felines and other susceptible species. Thus, if one feline in the household is vaccinated for Bordetella, then all animal species in the household susceptible to Bordetella should be vaccinated simultaneously.
Vaccine Abbreviations Explained
The FVRCP vaccine protects felines against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia – the FVR part of the vaccine (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis) protects against the herpes virus which once infected, remains in the body for life. The C part of the vaccine (Calicivirus) protects against respiratory virus in felines which attacks the respiratory tract, lungs and nasal passages, the mouth with ulceration of the tongue, the intestines, and the musculoskeletal system. The P part of the vaccine (Panleukopenia) protects cats against the Parvovirus.
The FeLV vaccine is given to felines to protect them from the leukemia virus, which is the number one deadly viral infection in cats, spread through contact with any infected feline, including contact with saliva, urine, feces, bite wounds and even through a mother cat’s milk. Outdoor felines are at the most risk for contracting feline leukemia, or any feline that comes into regular contact with felines that carry the virus. The FeLV feline vaccine is generally not recommended for strictly indoor cats that have no contact with outdoor cats.
The FIV vaccine (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus which may lie dormant for years; however, once the virus takes hold it severely weakens a feline’s immune system and causes secondary infections to occur. FIV is mainly passed from feline to feline through deep bite wounds, the kind that usually occur outdoors during aggressive fights and territorial disputes-the perfect reason to keep your feline inside. Although any feline is susceptible, free-roaming, outdoor intact male felines who fight most frequently contract the disease. Felines who live indoors are the least likely to be infected.
HWP (Heartworm Preventative) is recommended for felines exposed to the outdoors. Heartworm disease is a mosquito borne disease. Although primarily considered a dog disease, heartworms can be spread to a cat from an infected mosquito. For every 100 dogs that are positive there will be 110 positive cats since they are more resistant. Felines are considered aberrant host for heartworms. In felines, it is not the heartworm that causes issues but the feline immune system’s response. Heartworm disease in felines is primarily a lung disease which may be noted by coughing and vomiting.
Putin’s Pride Siberians Recommendations for Feline Kitten Vaccinations, Wellness Exams, and Spay/Neuter for Strictly “Indoor Felines” are as Follows:
- FRCP #1
- Intestinal Parasite Treatment # 1 (Worming)
- Kitten Wellness Exam
- FRCP #2
- Intestinal Parasite Treatment #2
- FRCP #3
- Intestinal Parasite Treatment #3
5 to 6 Months
— FRCP should be administered to your feline a year from the date of the final booster shot and annually thereafter.