At Westmonte, our veterinarian's top priority is to keep your pets healthy. Vaccinations help build your kitten's immunities, thus protecting them from serious diseases. We take pride in giving your cat the highest quality vaccinations. Vaccinations are such an important part of your cats health, we will send you an email, post card, and a courtesy phone call reminding you when your fur kid is due for his/her vaccines.
Kittens build their immunities by drinking their mother’s milk, which is filled with nutrients and antibodies. Once weaned off their mother's milk, the kitten's immunities start to decline. Vaccinations are necessary to help protect young cats from serious diseases.
Once your kitten becomes an adult cat, they will need annual booster vaccines to keep their antibodies and immunities up to par. Annual Preventive Care Exams are a great time to receive feline booster vaccinations.
At Westmonte we strive to give you the best, and that's why we only use the best quality vaccinations available, made by Merck Animal Health. Merck vaccines are recognized as best quality, and are proven to have a low risk of adverse vaccine reactions. The high quality vaccines we use are not the cheapest for us, but we do not pass the cost on to you. It’s just another way we provide you with superior value.
You may be wondering what all these vaccinations actually protect against . Below is a list describing the diseases that each vaccine protects your kitten/cat against.
The Feline 1-HCP is an important combination vaccine that protects your cat against for serious diseases; Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, and Calcivirus. These three deceases are all extremely contagious and serious.
At Westmonte we give kittens their first Feline1-HCP vaccine at 8 weeks of age, and re-vaccinate every 3 weeks until 14 weeks of age. The Feline 1-HCP is vital to cats and should be boosted as recommended by the veterinarian as part of your cat’s preventive care.
Feline Leukemia is a fatal virus with no known cure. Feline Leukemia is much different than Leukemia in humans. Feline Leukemia is a contagious virus. If a pregnant cat is infected with Feline Leukemia, her kittens will likely be born FeLV positive.
It is important to test kittens for FeLV prior to vaccinating. After testing negative, the vaccine will be given two times as a kitten and annually hereafter. Feline Leukemia is easily transmitted from cat to cat. Always test new cats and kittens for FeLV before bringing them into a multi-cat household.
Feline Leukemia ultimately breaks down the cat's immune system, making them susceptible to diseases that they would normally be able to resist. At Westmonte our veterinarian recommends giving kittens their first FeLV vaccine at 8-9 weeks of age. FeLV booster vaccines are then administered 3 weeks after the initial vaccine and annually thereafter.
FIV, all know as Feline AIDS, is a fatal disease with no know cure or prevention. All we can do is test to see if cats are FIV positive or negative. FIV is highly contagious. We strongly recommend keeping your cats away from unknown cats that could be FIV positive.
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. Rabies is equally contagious to humans. Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites any other mammal. Raccoons and other feral animals often carry the disease. The rabies vaccination provides your cat with protection in case they come in contact with a rabid animal. There is not cure for rabies, so prevention is critical.
Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Florida law states that "all dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian".