Bringing a new kitten into your life is such an exciting time. As you help them settle into your home and navigate your role as a proud pet parent, one of the most important responsibilities is getting them vaccinated.

What vaccines do kittens need?

Vaccinations will protect your kitten from many common and highly contagious diseases found in the environment, some of which can be fatal. The good news is that these diseases are preventable. By following a recommended vaccination schedule guided by your vet, you can protect your kitten from the following diseases:

  • Feline distemper (panleukopenia)
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis (herpes)
  • Calicivirus

Your vet may also recommend the following vaccines depending on where you live and whether your kitten is an indoor or outdoor pet:

  • Feline immunodeficiency virus
  • Feline leukaemia
  • Feline chlamydia

Kitten vaccination schedule

Kitten vaccinations typically start when they’re six weeks old. The exact schedule may vary slightly depending on your location and your vet’s chosen vaccine. However, the typical vaccination schedule includes:

  • First vaccination: 6-8 weeks
  • Second vaccination: 10-12 weeks
  • Third and final ‘booster’ vaccination: 14-16 weeks

After this initial series of vaccinations, your kitten will need annual booster vaccinations to maintain immunity. Your vet will recommend a vaccination schedule suitable for your kitten.

Kitten vaccination schedule
Kitten vaccination schedule

Vaccinations and socialisation

Keep in mind that vaccinations can take up to two weeks to offer full protection. Unless your vet suggests otherwise, it’s best to avoid socialising your kitten with other cats and letting them explore the outdoors until at least two weeks after their final vaccination.

We’re here to help

If you have any questions about vaccinations or need to set up a vaccination schedule for your kitten, contact your local Best for Pet clinic. Vaccinations are included in our wellness plan, find out more here.