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Cats - Vaccinations for Cats


Vaccination is an essential aspect of preventive healthcare for cats. Here's an overview of common vaccinations recommended for cats:

Core Vaccines:
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR): This vaccine protects against feline herpesvirus, which causes respiratory infections in cats.
  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV): This vaccine protects against calicivirus, another common cause of respiratory disease in cats.
  • Feline Panleukopenia (FPV): Also known as feline distemper, this vaccine protects against a highly contagious and often fatal virus that affects a cat's gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and nervous system.
  • Rabies: This vaccine protects against the rabies virus, which can be transmitted to humans and other animals through the bite of an infected animal. Rabies vaccination is often required by law and is important for both the cat's health and public safety.
Non-Core Vaccines:
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): This vaccine is recommended for cats at risk of exposure to FeLV, such as outdoor cats or cats living with FeLV-positive cats. FeLV is a viral infection that weakens a cat's immune system and can lead to various health problems, including anaemia, lymphoma, and secondary infections. 
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): This vaccine helps protect against FIV, a virus that weakens a cat's immune system and can lead to an increased susceptibility to infections and certain cancers. FIV vaccination is generally recommended for cats at high risk of exposure, such as outdoor cats.
Vaccination schedules may vary based on factors such as the cat's age, lifestyle, health status, and local disease prevalence. Kittens typically receive a series of vaccinations starting at around 6-8 weeks of age, with booster shots administered at regular intervals until they reach adulthood. Adult cats require periodic booster vaccinations to maintain immunity.

It's essential to consult with a veterinarian to determine the most appropriate vaccination protocol for your cat based on their individual needs and circumstances. Veterinarians can provide tailored recommendations and guidance on vaccination schedules, potential risks, and any specific concerns you may have regarding your cat's health. Regular veterinary check-ups are also an opportunity to discuss vaccination status and update preventive care plans as needed.

Here is the list of approved vaccines for cat in Malaysia: Approved Vaccine in Feline