3-in-1 Cat Vaccines
As a cat owner, you only want what's best for your beloved companion. One way to ensure they stay healthy is by making sure they're up to date on their 3-in-1 cat vaccine.
Benefits of the Cat 3-in-1 Vaccine
The 3-in-1 cat vaccine, also known as the FCRCP vaccine, offers protection from three diseases — Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Panleukopenia. These core feline diseases are all highly contagious and life-threatening.
Because these viruses can live on a surface for up to a year, this core vaccine is recommended for all cats — even indoor ones.
Here are some of the symptoms of each disease:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FHV-1): In mild cases, symptoms can range from sneezing to discharge from the nose and eyes. In more severe cases, like those involving immune-compromised cats, kittens or senior cats, symptoms can be more severe and include weight loss, depression, loss of appetite and sores inside the mouth.
- Feline calicivirus (FCV): There are several different strains of FCV, so cats can experience a range of symptoms. Some common symptoms include eye inflammation, nasal congestion, sneezing and discharge from the eyes or nose. Other symptoms can range from lethargy to swollen lymph nodes.
- Feline panleukopenia (FPL): This common virus can cause symptoms like nasal discharge, severe diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, high fever and dehydration. Cats can become depressed and suffer damage to their intestines, lymph nodes and bone marrow.
Are There Other Core Cat Vaccines?
The feline 3-in-1 shot is just one vaccine cats need. The rabies shot, which is required by law in most states, is also considered a core vaccine.
Your vet may recommend other vaccines depending on where you live and your cat's risk level. This includes vaccines like the 4-way combination, which adds protection against chlamydia and leukemia.
What to Expect After the 3-in-1 Vaccine
Because the vaccine is meant to stimulate the immune system, your cat may experience some mild symptoms after receiving it. Most symptoms will be mild and can include localized swelling at the injection site, a slight fever and mild discomfort.
Rarely, more serious side effects can occur. These include vomiting, facial swelling or trouble breathing. Be sure to let your vet know beforehand if your cat has had any reactions to vaccines in the past.
When Should Cats Get the 3-in-1 Vaccine?
It's best for kittens to receive the FVRCP vaccine when they're about six to eight weeks old. After the first dose, they'll need a booster every three or four weeks until reaching 16 to 20 weeks old.
When your cat is a year old, you'll want to give them a booster and then repeat the booster every three years after that.
Keep Cats Healthy With Revival Animal Health Vaccines
At Revival, we strive to help you keep your cat healthy year-round with our vaccines. Check out our 3-in-1 vaccine and place your order today.