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What is the FVRCP cat vaccine?

At Carlsbad Animal Hospital, our veterinarians believe prevention is the key to helping your cat live a long and healthy life. That's why our Carlsbad vets recommend that all cats receive the FVRCP vaccine. Here's how the FVRCP protects your cat's health.

What does the FVRCP cat vaccine help prevent?

The FVRCP cat vaccine is a critical component of feline healthcare, designed to protect against three potentially severe diseases: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR), Calicivirus (C), and Panleukopenia (P). Each of these illnesses poses significant health risks to cats:

  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR): Caused by the herpes virus, FVR primarily affects the respiratory system, leading to symptoms like sneezing, nasal discharge, and eye inflammation. It can be particularly severe in kittens and older cats with compromised immune systems.
  • Calicivirus (C): This virus also targets the respiratory tract but can cause many other symptoms, including oral ulcers, lameness, and, in severe cases, pneumonia. Calicivirus is highly contagious, spreading through direct contact and contaminated surfaces.
  • Panleukopenia (P): Also known as feline distemper, this highly contagious and often fatal virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in the body, such as those in the intestines, bone marrow, and developing fetuses. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and severe dehydration.

How often should the FVRCP vaccine be administered?

The FVRCP vaccine should be administered to kittens beginning at six to eight weeks of age, with boosters given every three to four weeks until they are about 16-20 weeks old. After the initial series, a booster is recommended one year later. Following this, adult cats typically receive the FVRCP vaccine every three years, though some veterinarians might recommend annual vaccinations depending on the cat’s health status and lifestyle.

Understanding FVRCP Cat Vaccine Costs

The cost of the FVRCP cat vaccine can vary depending on several factors, including the veterinary clinic, geographical location, and whether the vaccine is part of a broader wellness package. Cat owners can expect to pay between $20 and $50 per dose. Some clinics offer discounts for multiple vaccinations or wellness plans that include the FVRCP vaccine as part of comprehensive health care for your pet. For a more accurate price, it's better to contact your vet. 

Common Reactions and Side Effects of the FVRCP Vaccine

Most cats tolerate the FVRCP vaccine well, but some may experience mild reactions, including:

  • Lethargy: It’s common for cats to be a bit sleepy or less active after receiving the vaccine. This usually resolves within a day or two.
  • Mild fever: A slight increase in body temperature can occur as the immune system responds to the vaccine.
  • Sneezing and nasal discharge: Some cats might sneeze or have a runny nose after the vaccine, particularly if they are sensitive to the respiratory components of the vaccine. This reaction should be mild and short-lived.

In rare cases, cats can have more serious reactions, such as:

  • Allergic reactions: Symptoms might include swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, or vomiting. If you notice any of these signs, seek veterinary care immediately.
  • Injection site reactions: Some cats may develop a small, firm lump at the injection site, which usually resolves on its own over a few weeks.
If your cat displays any more severe symptoms of the above reaction, contact your vet immediately or visit the nearest emergency animal hospital.

Cat Sneezing After FVRCP Vaccine

It’s not uncommon for a cat to sneeze after receiving the FVRCP vaccine. This reaction is usually mild and temporary and stems from the immune response to the vaccine's components.

However, if sneezing persists beyond a few days or is accompanied by other symptoms like a runny nose, coughing, or lethargy, it’s wise to consult your veterinarian to ensure there’s no underlying issue.

FVRCP Vaccine in Cats 

The FVRCP cat vaccine is essential to keeping your feline friend healthy and protected against serious diseases. While mild reactions such as lethargy and sneezing are common, they are generally short-lived and far outweighed by the benefits of vaccination.

Understanding the cost, schedule, and potential side effects can help you make informed decisions about your cat’s healthcare. Always consult your veterinarian to ensure your cat receives the best care tailored to their needs.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is it time for your kitten or cat to have their shots? Contact our Carlsbad vets today to book an appointment for your feline friend. 

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