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Kitten & Cat Vaccination Schedule

Vaccinations protect your cat or kitten from a variety of serious diseases and illnesses and are an important part of preventive care. Our Beacon veterinarians outline the vaccines that are recommended and why your cat needs them.

What shots do cats and kittens need?

There may be variations in schedules due to factors such as pre-existing health conditions and indoor/outdoor living situations. However, an indoor cat vaccination schedule is roughly the same as an outdoor cat's.

We've provided an approximate schedule below, based on an average indoor cat. Your vet can provide specific information and the schedule they recommend for your unique pet.

Kitten Shot Schedule

6 - 10 Weeks

  • FVRCP for Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (also known as feline distemper)
  • Rabies vaccine*
  • FeLV Feline leukemia
  • FIV Booster for Feline immunodeficiency virus
  • Feline herpesvirus
  • Bordatella
  • Chlamydia

11 - 14 Weeks

  • FVRCP for Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (also known as feline distemper)
  • FeLV Feline leukemia
  • FIV Booster for Feline immunodeficiency virus

15+  Weeks

  • FVRCP final booster for Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (also known as feline distemper)
  • FeLV Feline leukemia
  • FIV Booster for Feline immunodeficiency virus

Adult Cat Vaccination Schedule


  • Rabies vaccine*
  • FeLV Feline leukemia
  • Bordatella

Every 3 Years

  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
  • Calicivirus
  • Feline herpesvirus

*Rabies: Rabies is 100% fatal. There is no treatment is available, and it's contagious. Prevention is crucial. The rabies vaccination may be required annually or every 3 years, depending on the vaccine used.

Other Vaccinations

Depending on where you live, your cat's history, risk levels for certain diseases, and other factors, your veterinarian may recommend additional vaccinations not included on this list. For the best care for your cat or kitten, always follow your veterinarian's advice.

Possible Side Effects

Most cats will have no adverse reactions to their vaccinations, but some may have a minor reaction to the medication. If you notice any of the following side effects, contact your veterinarian right away to see if additional treatment is required.

  • High fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Immobility or limping
  • Lethargy
  • Swelling near the area of injection
  • Loss of appetite

The Importance of Vaccinations

As a pet owner, you owe it to your kitten or cat to provide them with the care they need to live long and healthy lives. Vaccinations are a form of disease prevention that can help people avoid serious and sometimes fatal illnesses. It's always preferable to avoid disease than to have to treat it after your pet has developed it.

Vaccinations are necessary for all cats and kittens, but cats who spend time outside may require additional vaccinations. Cats, whether indoor or outdoor, may come into contact with other animals, diseases, or parasites, making them more susceptible to illness.

Speak with your vet to determine the right vaccination schedule for your cat or kitten.

If your cat or kitten is due for their vaccinations, contact The Beacon Veterinary Associates today to get started.

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