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Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey

Pet Wellness – Cat Health Faqs

Everything you wanted to know about wellness care for your cat

Kittens generally receive a series of 3 FVRCP  shots spaced between 3 weeks apart starting at 6 to 8 weeks of age.

Yearly vaccines include rabies and FVRCP.

FVRCP is a yearly vaccine for felines which protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus Infection, and Panleukopenia.

Common reactions may be some swelling at the injection site and mild lethargy. In rare cases, animals can have an allergic reaction. If your pet has allergies, you should see your veterinarian before getting vaccines.  Please read more here.

To get a 3-year rabies vaccine, your pet must, (1) have had a previous rabies vaccine, (2) have the previous rabies vaccine still in effect (not expired), (3) all previous rabies vaccines must be documented by a rabies certificate.

Yes, as rabies is a fatal disease transmitted from animals to people. Many NJ communities require vaccinations in cats.

No, the feline FVRCP vaccine only protects against disease- it has no effect on a cat’s temperament.

FeLV is Feline Leukemia Virus. FIV is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. AWA offers a combo snap test for both FeLV and FIV. The combo test evaluates for exposure to FeLV and FIV.

FeLV can be transmitted from cat to cat through saliva, urine, or feces. In feral cats, it can be transmitted through fighting. FIV can be transmitted mainly through bites.

Talk with your veterinarian. Remember the combo test evaluates for exposure to FeLV/FIV viruses. Further tesing/treatment depends on individual patient considerations.

Yes, for good flea control, it is recommended pets be treated throughout the whole year. Even through the cold winter months when the fleas may not survive outside, they can still survive in the warmth of your home.

Yes, AWA staff appreciate being told if your pet has a history of being snippy. We can then safely handle your pet without harming him/her and without our staff being harmed.

The microchip is inserted between the shoulder blades of your pet and can be scanned at most shelters and veterinary facilities. The chip contains a unique number which will be displayed when scanned. A database of information is accessed and your information can be found to identify you as the owner of the pet. It is not GPS tracking device; the animal must be scanned.

We offer nail trimming for cats during vaccination clinic.

To keep our prices low and to help vaccination clinic move along, we prefer cash with exact change. Running credit and debit cards incurs charges and additional fees to AWA.

Spay/neutering your pet helps prevent mammary, testicular and prostate cancer; prostate and uterine infections; pregnancy; and pyometras (puss filled uterus). Spay/neutering can also prevent behavioral problems and pet overpopulations. You can make an appointment today with AWA.