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At Vet At Your Door, we understand the crucial role vaccinations play in your cat's health. As a dedicated team of veterinarians, we bring our expertise directly to your home, ensuring your feline friend receives the best care without the stress of a clinic visit. Our approach to cat vaccinations is tailored to each pet's unique needs, focusing on their well-being and long-term health.

What vaccinations are essential for my cat?

Essential vaccinations for cats include the core vaccines: Rabies, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Herpesvirus Type I, and Feline Panleukopenia (the latter three are often combined into one vaccine commonly known as "Feline Distemper"). These vaccines protect against severe and potentially fatal diseases. Non-core vaccines may be recommended based on your cat's lifestyle and risk factors, such as Feline Leukemia for cats that go outdoors.


How often should my cat be vaccinated?

The vaccination schedule for cats varies. Kittens typically receive a series of vaccines starting at 8 weeks of age, with boosters at 3-4 week intervals until they are about 16 weeks old. Adult cats usually have booster vaccinations annually or every three years, depending on the type of vaccine and their risk of exposure.


Are there any side effects of vaccinations?

While vaccinations are generally safe, some cats may experience mild side effects like soreness at the injection site, a slight fever, or lethargy. These symptoms usually resolve within a day or two. Rarely, more serious reactions can occur, for which immediate veterinary attention is necessary.


Can indoor cats skip vaccinations?

Indoor cats should still receive vaccinations. Many contagious diseases can be brought into the home on clothing and shoes. Additionally, if your indoor cat accidentally escapes or needs to be boarded, they will be at risk without vaccinations.


How do vaccinations support my cat's overall health?

Vaccinations are a key part of preventive health care for cats. They protect against several contagious and potentially fatal diseases. By vaccinating your cat, you're not only safeguarding their health but also preventing the spread of these diseases to other animals.


Is vaccination safe for kittens?

Vaccinations are safe and essential for kittens. They help build immunity at a time when they are most vulnerable to infections. The kitten vaccination series starts at around 8 weeks of age and is crucial for setting up a foundation for a healthy life.


Can older cats receive vaccinations?

Older healthy cats can and should ideally receive vaccinations. However, the vaccination protocol may be adjusted based on their health status and lifestyle. For senior cats, we often assess their overall health and risk of exposure to determine the most appropriate vaccination schedule.


What is the cost of cat vaccinations?

The cost of cat vaccinations can vary based on the type of vaccine and the number of vaccines needed. We offer transparent pricing and can provide a quote based on your cat's specific vaccination plan. Remember, the cost of prevention is often much lower than the cost of treating a disease.


How do you handle cats scared of needles?

We understand that some cats are anxious about needles. Each staff member is Certified Fear FreeOur veterinary teams use gentle handling techniques to minimize fear, anxiety, and stress.  We aim to create a calm environment to reduce stress. We can also discuss options like mild sedative medications to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your cat.


Can I discuss vaccination options with a vet?

Yes, we encourage open communication about your cat's health. Our veterinarians are available to discuss vaccination options, address any concerns you may have, and tailor a vaccination plan that suits your cat's individual needs and lifestyle.


Feel free to fill out our appointment request online or reach out to us at (207) 536-8387 or via email at to request an appointment. We're dedicated to ensuring your cat receives the best possible care in the comfort of your home.

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