Whitehall Veterinary Service

19190 Hobson St
Whitehall, WI 54773



What vaccinations should my new kitten have?

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Kittens should have their first vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age. If you have a kitten older than 8 weeks of age, it certainly needs to be vaccinated. The usual vaccination series a new kitten will receive will be one shot at 6-8 weeks of age, then have a booster at 12 and 16 weeks of age.


After the kitten series, adult cats should receive a yearly check-up and booster as part of their health maintenance program. Many people think that indoor only cats need no vaccination. Unfortunately, most feline diseases are airborne, or can be carried in on clothing and shoes with ease. Also, we fail to appreciate the possible, like what if the cat gets out, even for a short period of time. A possible scenario of your indoor cat contracting Rabies, would be if a bat would enter your house. It's best to be safe! Keep your cat's Rabies vaccinations up to date.

We also STRONGLY advise FIV and leukemia testing and vaccination for all cats. Because feline leukemia is the number one fatal feline illness, and because so many cats can carry the virus long before the become ill, and because the virus is highly contagious, this veterinarian keeps all his cats (yes, they mostly stay inside) well vaccinated. Cat can be vaccinated at 9 weeks of age or at any age after, and generally get two shots a month apart to start and then a yearly vaccine, which can be combined with the Distemper-Respiratory Combo.

smiley face    Rabies vaccination is given at 16 weeks of age. It is boostered after the first year, and then every 2 years after that.