Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccines play an important role in protecting your pet against preventable diseases. Vaccinating your pet against certain diseases either fully builds their immunity against them or lessens the severity of symptoms they’ll experience. Ensuring your pet receives all their necessary vaccines as puppies or kittens throughout their senior years ensures your pet lives a long and happy life with you. Up-to-date vaccination records are important, especially if you board or travel with your pet. We recommend keeping these records handy in order to avoid any last minute confusion. If your pet does have a vaccination plan, please contact us at 403.934.3311.

What vaccinations do you recommend for kittens and cats?

We recommend your pet get vaccinated against rabies, FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia) and FeLV (Feline leukemia virus).

  • Rabies – this affects your pet’s nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord and is inevitably fatal. In Alberta, it’s most common that your pet would be infected from a wild animal’s bite like skunks, who have the highest infection rate, as well as bats, coyotes and racoons. Rabid cats can also pass on rabies through their scratches if they have saliva on their paws.
  • FVRCP – this vaccine protects against a trio of viruses, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is similar to a common cold, causing an upper respiratory tract infection causing a fever, loss of appetite and sneezing. Calicivirus also causes highly contagious upper respiratory tract infections, causing fever, ulcers and pneumonia. Panleukopenia (feline distemper) is a fatal disease with an infection rate of over 90% for feline friends who aren’t protected, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
  • FeLV – Feline leukemia virus is the leading cause of death of North American cats. This disease causes a range of health problems, everything from cancerous conditions such as lymphoma to a wide range of secondary infections caused by the destruction of the immune system.

    When should kittens get vaccinated?

    Kittens should be vaccinated, following the schedule below:

  • Rabies – The first dose given at 12 -16 weeks of age. The next dose given 1 year after first dose
  • FVRCP – It’s given every 3–4 weeks from 6–8 weeks of age to 16–18 weeks of age. The next dose 1 year later
  • FeLV – The first dose at 9–12 weeks of age. The next dose 3 weeks later

    When should cats get vaccinated?

    Cats should be vaccinated, following the schedule below:

  • Rabies – Every year
  • FVRCP – Every 1-2 years
  • FeLV – Every year

  • Last updated: September 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Strathmore Veterinary Clinic