Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccinations are an important part of your pet’s preventative healthcare. With advancements in modern medicine, there are a range of vaccines available to protect your pet against harmful diseases. We recommend vaccines that are core (essential) and non-core (pet-specific) based on factors like your pet’s age, breed and environment. Please connect with us at 403.337.3221.if your pet doesn’t have a vaccination plan.

What vaccinations do you recommend for kittens?

We recommend kittens start getting vaccinated between 6- and 8-weeks-old, up until they’re 16-weeks-old. Some core vaccines we recommend are:

  • Feline distemper (panleukopenia) – affects the body’s fighter cells
  • Feline calicivirus – affects the respiratory system
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus 1) – affects the respiratory system
  • Rabies – affects the central nervous system

    What vaccinations do you recommend for cats?

    After 16 months, cats will get a booster of the vaccines they received as kittens. Usually, they’ll receive core vaccines every three year, including:

  • Feline distemper (panleukopenia)
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus 1)
  • Rabies

    What are non-core vaccines you might recommend?

    Depending on the likelihood of your feline friend being impacted by some diseases, we’ll recommend certain non-core vaccines. Some vaccines we might recommend are:

  • Feline leukemia
  • Bordetella (Kennel cough)[/answer]
  • Last updated: July 27, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

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


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

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

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic