Cat Vaccinations in New York
Cats are fantastic pets that are great for keeping families on their toes and in love. But to make sure your new kitten or older cat stays with your family for many years to come, you need to set the stage for their success. Preventative healthcare, such as having your feline friend vaccinated, is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your cat enjoys a long and healthy life. Our veterinary care team at Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to help with your cat’s vaccinations.
It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s the Law
The most important thing for New Yorkers to know is that the state mandates that all resident cats must be up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations and that all kittens have timely boosters. This rabies vaccination is very important for two reasons. First, humans can contract rabies if they are bitten by an animal infected by the virus. Unfortunately, all cats and dogs can be infected by rabies by another mammal, such as an infected raccoon.
The second thing to bear in mind both for humans and pets, there is no known treatment for rabies, and once infected most have tragically passed away from its painful symptoms. Thus, for your pet's safety, your family's safety, and your community's safety, it's important to have your kitten or cat vaccinated as soon as possible.
Other Key Vaccinations
Rabies is the most important vaccination we offer to our community members in Pinebush, Ellenville, and Walker Valley. However, the rabies vaccine is not the only one our veterinarians recommend. Other key vaccinations for cats include:
- FVRCP: Also known as the distemper vaccination, this is a specialized and safe combination vaccine that will help prevent both feline distemper as well as several devastating respiratory viruses. This vaccine can be given to kittens as young as six weeks and then boosters are given every four weeks until the kitten is 14 weeks old. After that, a booster should be given one year later and then you can talk to one of our vets Dr. Christine Barnhorst, Dr. Barbara MacMullen, or Dr. Kate Lucas about getting the regular FVRCP vaccine every year or between every one to three years.
- FeLV: This vaccination is only needed for outdoor cats or cats who are exposed to outdoor cats as it prevents against a cat-to-cat transmitted virus. For adult cats, it's a one-time shot while kittens will need a vaccination at eight to nine weeks, a booster two weeks later, and then one more booster as an adult.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Cat's Visit
For more information about feline vaccinations or to schedule a visit with one of our veterinarians, call Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital today at (845) 744-8605. Out vets, Dr. Christine Barnhorst, Dr. Kate Lucas, and Dr. Barbara MacMullen understand the importance of vaccinations for pet and we’re here to make sure your furry friend has a happy and healthy life for years to come.