Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Veterinary medicine divides cat vaccines into two categories: core and non-core vaccinations. Core vaccines are mandatory because they protect against severe diseases that are easily transmitted. The core vaccines your cat/kitten needs are Feline Panleukopenia (Cat Flu/cat distemper), Rabies, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Herpes virus) and Calicivirus.

Non-core vaccines are recommended by your veterinarian based on your pet’s exposure risk. Your pet is exposed to certain illnesses based on their environment and lifestyle. Feline Leukemia Virus is a non-core vaccine for cats. Even though not all cats need this vaccine, it is often recommended for kittens under the age of one and adult cats who venture outside as they are at a greater risk for infection.

When should I vaccinate my kitten or cat?

Regardless of your pet’s lifestyle they should receive a full round of vaccines especially when they are young. We recommend kittens begin their vaccinations around 6-weeks-old.

  • 6-10 weeks they should get FVRCP (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus)
  • 11-14 weeks kittens should receive FVRCP and Feline Leukemia
  • 16 weeks and older they should be vaccinated against Rabies, FVRCP and Feline Leukemia.

    A year after your kitten had their full set of vaccinations, adult cats need their booster shots. Our veterinarians will outline the booster shots your cat will need.

    Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

    Yes, indoor cats and kittens need to be vaccinated. Even though your pet stays inside they are not immune to illnesses or germs that may be airborne or brought in by other animals.

    Are vaccines safe for my pet?

    Absolutely! Vaccines are completely safe for your loyal companion. It is normal for your pet to have a reaction that may last up to 48 hours. Some pets may become lethargic, have diarrhea, hives or fever. Again, these side effects are very common in pets, but if you are worried about their situation, we encourage you to reach out to us at 506.455.1700.

  • Last updated: October 20, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • We are currently allowing 1 client per pet appointment to enter the hospital.
  • For everyone's safety, we have social distancing protocols in place and all staff and clients must wear a mask.
  • All exam rooms are disinfected between each appointment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method. Cash will be accepted if necessary.
  • If you need to purchase food, please order online or drop by the clinic during regular hours. Shipping is free for online orders over $100 and only $5 for orders over $50.
  • For prescription refills, complete the online refill order form or text 506.455.1700. Ordering online is the fastest and easiest way to obtain a medication refill.

    Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give the appointment to waitlisted patients.


    We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday to Sunday: CLOSED

    Please note that after 6:00pm, our phone lines will be answered by our triage service, Guardian Vets.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Fredericton Animal Hospital