Cat Vaccinations

Along with regular health check-ups, vaccines are a very important part of an overall preventative health strategy for your furry friend. Your veterinarian will formulate a protocol based upon your cat’s lifestyle, age, travel habits, and other factors.

The following list highlights an in-depth review of vaccine recommendations and protocol based on the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) guidelines.



1. HCP – Core (recommended for all cats)

  • Kittens are vaccinated at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. The vaccine is boosted 1 year after the initial kitten series is complete, then re-vaccinated every 3 years thereafter.
  • Panleukopenia (Parvovirus, “Distemper”) – a frequently fatal gastrointestinal disease that causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and loss of appetite.
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Herpes Virus) – most common upper respiratory infection in a cat. Causing fever, sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, discharge from eyes, and loss of appetite. Lifelong infection (causing waxing and waning symptoms) is possible.
  • Calicivirus – an upper respiratory infection causing fever, ulcers on the gums and tongue, sneezing, and runny eyes

2. Rabies – Core (recommended for all cats)

  • A fatal disease carried in our province by bats. Because of the human health risk, vaccination of all cats and dogs is recommended.
  • Kittens are vaccinated at 16 weeks of age. The vaccine is boosted 1 year later and then revaccinated every 3 years.

  3. Feline Leukemia – (recommended for all kittens and some adults)

  • A viral disease that causes suppression of the immune system, anemia, cancers, and death. Young cats are most frequently infected. Outdoor cats and cats that are members of multi-cat households are most at risk. Transmission is through bites, shared dishes, shared litter, and close casual contact. The course of the disease usually causes death within 2-3 years.


How To Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The cheerful holiday season is here! Before pulling out the tinsel and delicate ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree please take a moment to read our blog on how to keep your furry friends jolly and SAFE during the holidays.

Read More
See All Articles

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Additional measures include:


Due to the increasing demand for appointments, we are implementing a late cancellation and no show fee. Starting June 2, 2021, appointments missed or cancelled less than 24 hours before will be subject to a $25 fee.


We are still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Veterinarians available between 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.


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.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Petroglyph Animal Hospital