Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccines are safe and effective ways to build up your pet’s immune system. At our clinic, we have wellness plans designed to give your furry pal the necessary veterinary care from 6-weeks-old to adulthood. Our team is prepared to create a vaccination plan tailored for your cherished pet.

Which vaccines may be recommended for my kitten or cat?

The core vaccines all cats and kittens need include:

1. Rabies – a disease that affects the nervous system, which can lead to death
2. FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia) – a combination of viruses that causes infections in the upper respiratory tract.

Some non-core vaccines that may be recommended for your pet include:

1. Bordetella (Kennel cough) – causes respiratory infections
2. FeLV (Feline Leukemia) – affects the immune system, causing anemia

When should my cat/kitten be vaccinated?

Your kitten should begin vaccinations when they are about 6 to 8-weeks-old. These vaccines continue until they are 16-weeks-old. Once your cat has completed their kitten vaccines they get booster shots after a year. If you have an outdoor kitten or cat they may need to follow a modified vaccination schedule. To learn more about when your pet needs to be vaccinated, call 905.707.9059 to speak with our veterinarians.

Are vaccines safe for my pet?

Vaccines are completely safe for your kitten and cat. It is not uncommon for your pet to experience mild side effects after they’ve been vaccinated. The reactions they may experience include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea. The symptoms usually clear up within two days and your furry friend should be back to their normal self in no time.

Last updated: November 26, 2021

Dear Clients,

We are continuing to strive to provide the best medicine possible for your pets during these challenging times. Below are some important updates to our operating policies.

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). Please make sure to wear a facemask when picking up your orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on Online Store.
    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Tuesday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your team at Don Head Village Animal Clinic