Your new kitten will need a series of vaccinations. To insure proper immunity or protection from diseases common to cats, it is important to complete the entire series.
Kitten Vaccination Schedule:
- 8 weeks: FVRCP (3 in 1 shot)
- 10-12 weeks: FVRCP & Leukemia
- 16 weeks: FVRCP, Leukemia & Rabies*
- 1 year later: FVRCP, Leukemia & Rabies
- Annually every year: FVRCP & Leukemia
- Annually every 3 years: Rabies
* The initial rabies vaccination will need to be repeated in one year for both dogs and cats; discuss a vaccination plan with your veterinarian. Also, talk with your veterinarian about other vaccines that may be necessary if your cat is going to be outdoors.
If you have adopted an adult cat, they will receive an FVRCP (3 in 1 shot) from us at the time of impound. We assume cats that have come through our shelter have never been vaccinated. To insure proper immunity, they should be revaccinated for FVRCP in about 3-4 weeks, and then annually for FVRCP. 1st Rabies shot will be good for one year and every three years after 2nd vaccine. Attend one of our Saturday Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics or visit our Riverside shelter clinic 9-12 from Tuesday thru Friday, 9-12 2nd sat of the month. In Coachella Valley, call Animal Samaritans for vaccination information at 760-343-3477.
Please Note, sign-ups for vaccinations may close prior to 12 noon if we experience a higher than usual demand on any particular day.
Yearly visits to the Veterinarian are important for checking the overall health of your companion and to update vaccines. Always consult with your Veterinarian if problems arise.
Identification tags are a must. If your cat becomes lost, this may be the only way for the two of you to be reunited. Microchips are another source of identification.
Consider making your cat an indoor cat. Here are a few reasons why:
- Violent people
- Parasites (i.e. fleas, etc..)
- The potential of getting lost
- Indoor cats usually live and average of up to10 to 14 years, whereas a cat who's allowed to roam is likely to survive just two to five years
Most of all, be patient with your new adopted friend. Remember, they have just come from an extremely stressful environment and, if they could talk, they would probably have a big story to tell about their journey. With a little time and love, they should adjust to their new home just fine!