Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccines are designed to protect your pets from illnesses and boost their immune system. It’s important to work with a veterinarian to determine what vaccines your individual pet needs for maximum protection. At Sims Veterinary Hospital, our team treats each patient according to their needs and unique situation.

What vaccines does my cat or kitten need?

In veterinary medicine, it is believed that all cats should be vaccinated against diseases that have a higher transmission rate and cause severe to life-threatening illnesses. These vaccines are called core vaccines. Feline Panleukopenia (cat flu/ cat distemper), Rabies and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (herpes virus) and Calicivirus are all core vaccines for cats and kittens.

Non-core vaccines are recommended based on your cat’s lifestyle or exposure risk. Feline Leukemia Virus is one of the non-core vaccine for cats. Although not all cats or kittens need this shot, it may still be recommended to your pet depending on their unique situation. Kittens under the age of one-year-old and adult cats who go outside are at a greater risk for Feline Leukemia Virus.

When should my cat or kitten be vaccinated?

Kittens should begin their series of vaccines around 6- to 8-weeks-old until they are 16-weeks-old. After a year they are given their first booster shot. Our veterinarians will administer booster shots every year or three years depending on how long the vaccine provides immunity.

Does my indoor cat or kitten need to be vaccinated?

Yes! An indoor cat is not immune to diseases. Your cats can also contract diseases from other pets they come in contact with or from airborne germs.

How are vaccines administered to my pet?

Just like in humans most vaccines are given through an injection under the skin, or into a muscle. Some vaccines may be given as drops through the nose.

Are vaccines safe for my pet?

In general vaccines are safe for pets, however, it’s normal for them to have reactions. Some reactions to look out for include: loss of appetite, vomiting, hives, fever or diarrhea. These side effects are usually short-lived and don’t pose a major threat to your pet’s health. If you become concerned about any of these side effects, reach out to us for instructions. Call us at 613.531.3334.

Last updated: March 18, 2022.

Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we wanted to keep everyone updated on our protocols. We have decided that our clinic will continue with mandatory face masks after March 21, 2022. This will be for all staff and all clients entering the clinic.

We understand that this may not be the update that some were hoping for. Our team continues to work in close quarters, it’s imperative that we continue to take these safety measures. This will help ensure that we can operate properly and continue to provide the best medical care for your pets. It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. With our exam room size and length of time spent with you, our doctors appreciate your compliance with our face mask requirements and hope this will continue.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary.

  • For medication/food pickup and payments, a maximum of 2 people are allowed in reception at one time. Upon arrival please call us at 613-531-3334.
  • Only 1 client will be allowed into the exam rooms at this time due to insufficient social distancing space
  • Face masks are mandatory when interacting with our team
  • Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital