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Feline Health

Is there a furry feline in your life?

Cats can be wonderful companions and often times provide a great deal of entertainment for the people that they share their lives with. Cats are generally easy to care for, and as your cat’s health care provider, Neartown Animal Clinic in Houston will help you establish the best care regime possible. Vaccinating your cat against major diseases is the first important step. We also strongly urge our clients to consider the benefits of spaying or neutering their cat.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule for Cats/Kittens in Houston, Texas

6 – 8 weeks of age

  • New Pet Examination
  • FVRCP-#1 (Feline Viral Rhinotrocheitis/ Calicivirus/ Panleukopenia)
  • Intestinal Parasite Exam
  • Feline Leukemia / Feline Immunodeficiency Virus blood test
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccine #1 – if above test is Negative
  • Deworming #1
  • Start Heartworm & Flea prevention

9 – 11 weeks of age

  • FVRCP-#2 (Feline Viral Rhinotrocheitis/ Calicivirus/ Panleukopenia)
  • Leukemia Vaccine #2
  • Deworming #2

12 – 16 weeks of age

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP-#3 (Feline Viral Rhinotrocheitis/ Calicivirus/ Panleukopenia)

After completion of the full series of vaccinations as listed above, the Rabies, FVRCP, and Leukemia will be given in one year. Then Rabies every year, Leukemia every two years, and FVRCP every three years.

*Because feline rabies vaccines have a higher reaction incidence Neartown Animal Clinic’s veterinarians continue to vaccinate cats once a year with a nonadjuvanted 1-year vaccine from Merial. This vaccine has been purified to have a lower reaction incidence.

**FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) is a deadly viral disease with no known cure. There is some controversy as to the vaccine’s effectiveness, and we do not include it as part of our recommended vaccinations.