Congratulations on your new kitten!
Over the first few months of his or her life, we hope your kitten will visit Annex Animal Hospital regularly, establishing both a strong foundation for their future health and a great relationship for you and your kitten with our wonderful, caring team.
These visits are your chance to ask your veterinarian one-on-one for any advice or help you may require with your kitten. You may want to know about kitten life stages, future procedures, food, or toys. Of course, if you have any questions outside of your appointments, you can contact us at 416-537-3128 and we’ll be happy to help.
When should kittens get their first vaccination shots?
Typically, we begin kitten vaccinations at 8 weeks of age. However, we may adjust the vaccine schedule to start at a younger age based on how early a kitten was removed from its mother. We recommend that all new pets come for an examination shortly after adoption regardless of age.
How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?
Kitten Vaccination Schedule:
- 6-8 weeks – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis; Calici Virus; Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
- 12 weeks – Booster vaccines for all of the above
- 16 weeks – Booster vaccines for all of the above + Rabies Vaccine
Optional vaccine based on risk and exposure:
- Feline Leukemia Vaccine
All the feline vaccines that we administer are Purevax vaccines. The Rabies and the Feline Leukemia vaccines are recombinant and are considered the safest for cats.
Does my kitten only need core vaccines?
When you visit the hospital, the doctor will ask some questions about whether or not your kitten will have an outdoor lifestyle. All our vaccine programs are tailored to the needs of your cat based on overall health, age, and lifestyle risk factors. Generally, we recommend the Feline Leukemia Vaccine for cats with an adventurous outdoor lifestyle as they are considered to be at increased risk of contracting this virus from another cat.