Congratulations on your new kitten! Thank you for choosing Amarillo Vet Clinic to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
New Kitten Information
Vaccinating your kitten is very important. Vaccines need to be given on time and with the appropriate boosters.
Vaccines prevent diseases including
- Feline Leukemia
- Panleukopenia (FPL)
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR)
- Feline Calicivirus (FVC)
- Rabies: is transmitted by a virus and is one of the most devastating diseases affecting mammals, including cats, dogs, and humans. There is no treatment for a cat with rabies.Incubation in the cat is generally less thanin a dog and is typically 3 to 8 weeks. Death usually occurs within 10 days from the first onset of signs.
- Feline Leukemia(FeLV): is one of the most important viruses infecting cats. FeLV tends to become a persistent infection and depresses the immune system of cats. FeLV is an important cause of anemia in cats and can cause cancers of several types. FeLV is unfortunately usually fatal. Studie shave showen that 80-90% of FeLV –infected cats will die within 3 to 4 years of the intial diagnosis.
- Feline Panleukopenia (FPL): is a viral infection affecting cats caused by feline parvovirus. The virus primarily attacks the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, causing internal ulceration and ultimately total sloughing of the intestinal epithelium. This results in profuse and usually bloody diarrhea, severe dehydration, loss of appetite, lethargy, anemia, and often death. FPL requires aggressive treatment, as this disease can kill cats in less than 24 hrs. Of affected kittens under 2 months old, 95% will die regardless of treatment. Kittens more than 2 months old have a 60-70% mortality rate even with treatment.
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR): is an upper respiratory infection of cats caused by feline herpesvirus. It is also known as feline influenza. FVR is very contagious and can cause severe disease, including death from pneumonia in young kittens. Initial signs include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, loss of appetite, and sometimes fever. Infection at an early age may permanently damage nasal and sinus tissue, and predispose these cats to chronic bacterial infections.
- Feline Calicivirus (FCV): is one of the two important viral cuases of respiratory infection in cats, the other being feline herpesvirus. Symptoms may develop acutely, chronically, or not at all. Acute symptoms of FCV include, fever, conjunctivitis, nasal discharge, sneezing, and ulceration of the mouth. Pneumonia may develop with secondary bacterial infections. FCV is secreted in saliva, feces, urine, and respiratory secretions. It can be transmitted through the air and orally. Infected cats usually shed the virus for about 2 weeks.
You and our doctors can discuss which vaccines are recommended for your kitten based on its environment.