Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of infected animals. It is contracted via bitewound from one animal to another. Rabies is lethal and can be transmitted to humans, which is why this vaccine is required. Domestic cats have been known to contract rabies, and should also be vaccinated. Because cats often hunt bats, we highly recommend rabies vaccination since in 2008 we sent in a bat which tested positive for rabies from the McKenzie Valley.
Our Protocol: Cats receive their first rabies vaccine between 4 and 6 months of age. They are re-vaccinated at 1.5 years of age, and then every three years thereafter. The rabies vaccine is also included with a cat spay/neuter procedure.
COMBO VACCINE (FVRCP/FELV):
This is a four shots in one vaccine that vaccinates against Feline Leukemia, Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Panleukopenia viruses.
Our Protocol: Kittens are vaccinated at 8 weeks of age, and re-vaccinated at 12 weeks. They are re-vaccinated at 1 1/2 years of age and then every 3 years thereafter with the combination vaccine. Even strictly indoor cats that have access to outdoor cats should still be vaccinated.
FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (FIV):
Commonly known as "kitty AIDS", there is no vaccine for this virus, but we can test your cat to see if it is infected.
FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS (FIP):
We do not vaccinate against this virus, but we can test to see if your cat is infected.