Feline Rabies Vaccine

Rabies is a dangerous viral disease that infects the brain and spinal cord of animals and humans. It is contracted through a bite/saliva of an infected animal. Once contracted there is no cure for rabies and it is usually fatal. Cats are the number on domestic carrier of rabies in the United States and are more commonly involved in transmitting the disease to humans than dogs. The risks of your cat getting rabies is high if your cat is exposed to wild animals or live in an area where there are un-vaccinated animals.

Because of this, rabies vaccinations are highly recommended and in some states, are required by law. Vaccines help prepare the body's immune system fight the disease-causing organism. When the vaccine is introduced into the body, the immune system is then slightly stimulated to recognize and fight the disease off entirely or at least reduce the severity of the disease.

Symptoms of Rabies in Cats
  • Changes in behavior – ie aggressive, restless, and lethargic.
  • Increased vocalization
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Disorientation
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Death
Recommended Vaccination Schedule
Kittens – Single dose as early as 8-12 weeks of age
Adults – Administer two doses, 12 months apart for cat receiving initial vaccination and for kittens over 16 weeks of age

Booster is required annually or every three years depending on the vaccine used or state/local ordinance requirements