Feline Specific Vaccinations

Feline Specific Vaccinations

At Pawz Veterinary Clinic, we carry PUREVAX®, the Merial line of feline vaccines. PUREVAX is developed with state-of-the-art technology just for cats and kittens. PUREVAX vaccines deliver everything needed to induce immunity without any of the unnecessary proteins or adjuvants. Adjuvants are additives that increase the immune response and may present potential risks to feline patients, such as injection site reactions and chronic inflammation. PUREVAX is the only complete line of nonadjuvanted feline vaccines available.

Cats are exposed to many diseases during their lifetime. Some of these diseases may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Your Pawz veterinarian will advise you of what diseases your cat may be at risk of contracting, and which vaccine(s) is appropriate to ensure your pet’s good health.

Cat-vaccinations-purvaxRabies: is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including cats and humans. It affects the central nervous system, and often first reveals itself through significant changes in a cat’s behavior, including sudden restless, aggression and fear.

Feline Leukemia: is one of the most important causes of illness and death among cats,1 and is especially dangerous to young cats.2 It causes cancer (lymphoma) in about 25% of infected cats,3 as well as contributing to other infectious diseases by suppressing the immune system and bone marrow production.

Feline panleukopenia: This very contagious, disease typically occurs suddenly, causing fever, loss of appetite, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, hypothermia, and, all too often, death. Often called distemper, it can affect cats and kittens, though mortality is higher in young cats. Cats become infected when they ingest the feces of an infected cat.

Respiratory Diseases (“Chronic Respiratory Disease”): Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), feline calicivirus (FCV), and Chlamydophila felis (FPN) are responsible for chronic upper respiratory infections in cats. FVR and FCV cause 80-90% of cat flu cases. They are spread from cat to cat by contaminated litter boxes and water bowls, or contact with infected fluids such as saliva, nasal secretions, and eye discharge.purevax-bottles-large

  • FVR, or feline herpesvirus, is characterized by sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes, and coughing.
  • FCV typically presents with a runny nose and moderate sneezing, but the presence of other viruses and bacteria can increase its severity.
  • FPN (pneumonitis) is a bacterial infection that includes the following primary symptoms: runny eyes, sneezing and nasal discharge.


1 Merck Veterinary Manual. 9th ed. 2005:631.
2 Hartman K. Chapter 13 – Feline Leukemia Virus Infection. In: Greene CE, ed.
Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co., 2006:105-131.
3 Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 6th ed. Elsevier 2005:554-560
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