Vaccination Guidelines

American Association of Feline Practitioners and Academy of Feline Medicine Advisory Panel on Feline Vaccines

Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)

  • Cats < 12 weeks old: vaccinate at initial visit (if over 6 weeks) and then every 3-4 weeks until over 12 weeks old
  • Cats > 12 weeks old: administer two doses 3-4 weeks apart
  • Booster: One year after primary vaccination, then no more frequently than every 3 years.
  • Highly recommended for all cats.
  • Caution: Some vaccines types should not be used for pregnant queens or kittens < 4 weeks old.

Feline viral rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus (FHV/FCV)

  • Cats <12 weeks old: vaccinate at initial visit (if over 6 weeks) and then every 3-4 weeks until over 12 weeks old.
  • Cats >12 weeks old: administer two doses 3-4 weeks apart.
  • Booster: One year after primary vaccine and then every 3 years.
  • Highly recommend for all cats
  • Caution: some vaccine types should not be used for pregnant queens or kittens < 4 weeks old.

Rabies

  • Highly recommended in all cats.
  • Required by law in some regions of the country, and veterinarians must comply with state and local statutes regarding type of vaccine to be used and vaccination interval.

Feline Leukemia

  • Cats < 12 weeks old: In cats as young as 8 weeks old administer 2 doses 3-4 weeks apart.
  • Cats> 12 weeks old: Administer 2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart and annually thereafter.
  • Highly recommended for cats that are not restricted to a closed, indoor, FeLV negative environment.
  • Not recommended for cats >16 weeks old with minimal to no risk of exposure to FeLV infected cats.