Traditionally, veterinarians recommend that cats receive annual vaccinations for many diseases. Recent research and publications indicate that the yearly administration of vaccines for all diseases may not be necessary and may pose some health risks. Recommendations from many universities suggest that the timing of booster vaccines can vary from one to three years depending on the age of the pet, housing environment, region of the county, neighborhood in which the pet lives, and the specific disease the vaccine prevents. High-risk pets, such as those residing in kennels, participating in cat shows, being boarded frequently, or traveling extensively with their owners, may require more frequent boosters.
The feline "distemper" vaccine protects against rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. The rhino and calici viruses cause upper respiratory infections while panleukopenia causes gastrointestinal signs. We recommend an initial vaccine series followed by a booster in one year. We then recommend a booster vaccine every three years for cats in a low-risk category.
1. I elect to have my cat vaccinated for FVRCP every three years ($30.00) based on age, health, breed, and exposure to disease as suggested by my cat's veterinarian. I agree to hold my veterinarian harmless in the event such effort to reduce the frequency and minimize known complications of vaccinations inadvertently increases my cat's risks of and fees related to treating any of the diseases for which a vaccine was not administered.