Vaccination Schedules for Cats

Kitten Schedule

Each kitten's risk must be assessed and vaccination type and frequency selected

8 weeks of age: vaccination series starts (no sooner!)
12 weeks of age: Booster vaccination
16 weeks of age: Booster vaccination

4 months of age: Rabies vaccination

16 months of age : Rabies and FVRCPP Boosters
Leukemia and FIV Boosters: if exposure risk warrants

Adult Schedule

Leukemia and FIV Boosters: annually (if exposure warrants)
FVRCPP Boosters: every 1, 2 or 3 years depending on breed, health and age
Rabies Booster: as required by county laws and vaccine type every 1, 2 or 3 years

Rabies vaccinations are state mandated vaccinations. Each county prescribes the booster frequency according to the current Rabies pressure in that county. An initial Rabies vaccination is given at 3 months of age, followed by a booster 1 year later. Then, dependent on each county's regulations, the boosters are given every 1,2 or 3 years.

We currently use a recombinant gene technology derived Rabies vaccine. It has shown to be much safer, but must be administered annually.

FVRCPP is considered the core vaccine, and should be included for all ages (initial series of 2-3 shots, then annual booster).
Leukemia vaccinations are recommended for all cats exposed to stray cats, especially stray tomcats, are aggressive to other cats, or live in multicat households (initial series of 2 shots, then annual boosters).
FIV vaccinations are given to kittens and adult cats with exposure to stray cats (initial series of 2 shots, then annual booster).