Core vaccinations are considered the most important. There are four core vaccines that all kittens need:
- Feline herpes virus type 1 (rhinotracheitis)
- Feline distemper (panleukopenia)
- Feline calici virus
These vaccines can be given to kittens at six to eight weeks. Check with your state for a complete list of vaccines that are required by law.
Noncore vaccines are essential but depend more on the lifestyle of the kittens. Kittens who are exposed to the outdoors or other animals who spend time outdoors should get noncore vaccines as extra protection. This set of vaccines includes:
- Feline leukemia
- Feline immunodeficiency
Talk to your vet about your kitten’s intended lifestyle and which vaccines make the most sense.
Kittens usually do not react to vaccines, but some may show mild symptoms such as:
- Loss of appetite
These symptoms are uncommon and well worth the risk. However, talk to your vet if your kitten does experience any unusual responses.
For more information and to determine which vaccines are right for your pet, visit this website about pet vaccines in Soquel.