Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Over the last century, vaccinations have protected pets against preventable disease that would otherwise be harmful to them. Vaccines are formulated to either lessen the severity of some diseases or completely prevent them. Depending on your pet’s specific needs, our veterinary team will tailor a vaccination plan for them. If you haven’t created a vaccination plan yet, please call our team at 604.544.7387.

Is my pet protected if they’re vaccinated?

Yes, vaccination is usually effective protection against specific diseases. However, there is a chance your pet might not develop immunity against them. Though it is rare, it is possible for them to contract the disease or become ill. However, most pets we’ve successfully vaccinated never end up contracting the disease or showing symptoms. We believe vaccinations are an important preventive health measure for your pet.

What vaccines do you recommend for kittens and cats?

Our veterinary team will discuss factors like your pet’s age, location and risk factors for some diseases to decide which ones they’ll most likely need. Core vaccines are the ones most feline friends in a particular area receive. Non-core vaccines are unique to the specific needs of each individual pet.

Core vaccines:

  • Rabies – even for indoor cats who could come in contact with an infected animal
  • FVRCP – protection against feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia (distemper), and feline viral rhinotracheitis herpesvirus-1
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV) – necessary for cats 1 year-old or younger who are most susceptible to the disease

    Non-core vaccines:

  • Bordetella (Kennel cough) – necessary if you have multiple cats living together
  • Chlamydia – necessary for multi-cat households or cats who go outside

    What are the risks of vaccinations?

    From our experience, most pets react well to vaccinations but we recommend you examine them closely for any adverse reactions. Most vaccinations, including the ones humans take, come with some risk. Depending on the pet, the most common reactions are usually mild and go away after a short time, like fever, sluggishness and loss of appetite. Your pet might also have slight pain or swelling near the vaccination area. If you notice any of these symptoms aren’t disappearing after a day or two, please contact our hospital.

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    Last updated: September 22, 2022.

    Dear Clients,

    Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your pet.

    Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her.

    1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • We kindly request that clients continue to wear masks in our hospital for employee and public safety.
  • If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Payment can be processed over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

    In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency). https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

    Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone’s safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

    - Your dedicated team at Queen’s Park Pet Hospital