General Guidelines for Kitten Vaccines 


Here is a general schedule for "Kitten shots" to give your kitten a healthy start. Please check with your veterinarian for more specific guidelines.

Don't forget your kitten shots! - His/her health depends on it.

The 2013 American Association of Feline Practitioners Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report is available.

There are some updates to the previously issued vaccine recommendations. The Advisory Panel has revised the vaccines considered to be core and non-core. Core vaccines are recommended for all cats.

 Non-core are for cats in specific risk categories and this is determined on the basis of individual risk/assessment.

 Your veterinarian can determine a vaccination regime that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual cat.



Core Vaccines Include:


Feline panleukopenia (FPV)


Feline herpes virus-1 (FHV-1)


Feline calicivirus (FCV)


New Feline Vaccination Guidelines

8 weeks

Core vaccines: Feline distemper, Feline rhinotracheitis, Feline calicivirus

At veterinarian’s discretion, based on risk: Chlamydia

*Each of the above “core” vaccines should be given every 3-4 weeks, with the final kitten vaccination administered at 14-16 weeks of age

12 weeks

Second vaccination with “core” vaccines.

At veterinarian’s discretion, based on risk: Feline leukemia

16 weeks


Third vaccination with “core” vaccines

1 year

Vaccinate with “core” vaccines.


At veterinarian’s discretion, based on risk: Chlamydia, Feline leukemia

Non-Core Vaccines

Feline leukemia (FeLV)

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

Chlamydophila felis

Bordetella brochiseptica

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

Dermophyte vaccines