“Core” & “Non-Core” Vaccines

th-3Guidelines published by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) classify vaccines as core, non-core and not recommended. Core vaccines are those that the AAHA and most veterinarians believe all cats should receive. Non-Core vaccines are those recommended only for certain cats based upon a number of factors including geographic location and lifestyle. Not recommended vaccines are those considered “overkill” by many veterinarians.

Core Feline Vaccines

Core feline vaccines are widely accepted within the veterinary community as being important to the overall health and wellbeing of the domestic cat.

The core vaccines that we advise are:

Rabies– NH and MA state law (along with many other states) now require that all cats and dogs be current on rabies vaccinations.

Feline Panleukopenia (FPV, Parvovirus, Distemper)

Feline Viral Respiratory Disease Complex (FVRDC)

Typically, core vaccines will be given in a short series to kittens after they reach 6-8 weeks, followed by booster shots at varying intervals.

Non-Core Feline Vaccines

Non-Core feline vaccines are recommended for certain cats, but are not considered necessary for all.

In general, if yours is a multi-cat home, your cat goes outside, or anywhere it might come into contact with other cats or animals, you should discuss the following vaccinations with your veterinarian to determine your cat’s risk factors:

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Bordetella Bronchiseptica

Chlamydophila Felis (Chlamydia)

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP, Coronavirus)