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1st vaccines

We have 2 F4 females that are 11 weeks old. I'm taking in to the vet tomorrow for their first shots. Can someone tell me what shots are needed? They have not had any shots yet, thanks in advance.
 

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Paige
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We have 2 F4 females that are 11 weeks old. I'm taking in to the vet tomorrow for their first shots. Can someone tell me what shots are needed? They have not had any shots yet, thanks in advance.

They were given no vaccines by the breeder?
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
Wow, 11 weeks is really late to start vaccines! Please keep them in their carrier and make the tech wipe down the table in the exam room before taking them out, and don't let them wander around (best place for a kitty to catch a cold is at the vets - they don't have a separate sick room like the human pediatricians do ;)).

They will need to have their FVRCP - that is feline rhinotracheitis (feline herpes), calici, and panleukopenia. This is a three in one vaccine. If your state requires it you will need a rabies vaccine as well, but most states don't require this until four months of age - if you don't know your state laws your vet will.
 

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
Hello, Ironlou, and welcome to the forum! I saw your post of your two cuties on a FB page...if I remember correctly, they were both ill when they arrived, and are just now getting over that sickness with your good care.

I would call your vet and see what they suggest...if you should wait a week or so to be sure they are completely recovered before receiving their first vaccines. Does your vet do in-home visits or make house calls? Since they have not had any vaccines at all yet, it might be worth to pay extra for your vet to come to your home.

Refresh my memory on your babies' names....Elsa and ? They are just adorable :)
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
Definitely if they have had illnesses you need to be absolutely sure they are over them before hitting their systems with vaccines, I'm glad that Pam mentioned that!

Agreed on the idea of a home visit if possible...with them having not had vaccines at the appropriate ages, and having already had URIs you really need to be careful...
 
Hello and thanks for the replies. First off, in response to the first question. We got the kittens from a breeder when they were 8 weeks old. Long story short, original breeder got sick and was put into an assisted living home, so grand daughter had to liquidate gma's stuff. The daughter was trying to get all the savannahs sold to other people and these kittens were, I would say neglected for lack of a better word. When we got them at 8 weeks, they were too young for any shots and had upper respiratory infections that led to eye infections so they couldnt get shots. For about 10+ days everyday, twice a day we gave them their meds, plenty of water, rest and the tv on while we were at work, discovery channel ;) Fast forward to today, and they are awesome. The vet wants to see them to see how they are doing and now reading this stuff, Im having the wife call so see what the vet suggests.

Their names are Elsa and Anna, yes from the movie Frozen. Elsa is on the left and Anna is on the right. Personalities match the characters from the movie. Elsa is more reserved, wont let you pet her, yet, when she is playing but will let you pet her while her when she eats or just wakes up. Anna is the adventure seeker.

Ive read how responsible breeders like yourselves make sure to socialize their kittens and vaccinate them before selling them. Today is teh vaccination part. We got lucky on the socializing part. We go into their room everyday and sit with them, play with them and stay consistant with everything. They have been adapting very well to their new home. They have yet to meet the dogs. They sit on the sofa and look out the window into the backyard and see all 3 (a german shepard, a basset hound and a yorkie) but no face to face. Although the yorkie snuck in one day when I opened the backdoor and Anna puffed up while Elsa hid. That introduction wont happen for a few more weeks, although I do make sure the cats roam around the house so their scent gets everywhere so the dogs get used to it.

Please provide more helpful information all!! thanks.
 

Charley

Savannah Super Cat
Sounds like you guys are awesome caregivers! Super happy for the kittens! I don't have anything to add outside of both of my cats were vaccinated when I got them with the exception of rabies. I got my F7 when he was nearly 7 months - he hadn't had his 6 month shots yet but the breeder told me I'd have to get those and his neuter. Easy peasy. The vet will know exactly what they need.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
Hmmm, this story sounds familiar, but in any case I'm very happy that the kittens found such a wonderful and loving family to care for them! Even more glad to hear that they are getting over their URI - they are very lucky to have become part of your family!

As for the dogs, I would make sure their scent is available to the kittens as well. You might even want to use towels or blankets for the dogs and kittens to lay on, then switch them out after several days so that the kittens have the dogs' towel/scents and vice versa. Have the dogs been around other cats before?


BTW, I would love to see additional pics of the pair when you have a chance!
 

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
Hello and thanks for the replies. First off, in response to the first question. We got the kittens from a breeder when they were 8 weeks old. Long story short, original breeder got sick and was put into an assisted living home, so grand daughter had to liquidate gma's stuff. The daughter was trying to get all the savannahs sold to other people and these kittens were, I would say neglected for lack of a better word. When we got them at 8 weeks, they were too young for any shots and had upper respiratory infections that led to eye infections so they couldnt get shots. For about 10+ days everyday, twice a day we gave them their meds, plenty of water, rest and the tv on while we were at work, discovery channel ;) Fast forward to today, and they are awesome. The vet wants to see them to see how they are doing and now reading this stuff, Im having the wife call so see what the vet suggests.

Their names are Elsa and Anna, yes from the movie Frozen. Elsa is on the left and Anna is on the right. Personalities match the characters from the movie. Elsa is more reserved, wont let you pet her, yet, when she is playing but will let you pet her while her when she eats or just wakes up. Anna is the adventure seeker.

Ive read how responsible breeders like yourselves make sure to socialize their kittens and vaccinate them before selling them. Today is teh vaccination part. We got lucky on the socializing part. We go into their room everyday and sit with them, play with them and stay consistant with everything. They have been adapting very well to their new home. They have yet to meet the dogs. They sit on the sofa and look out the window into the backyard and see all 3 (a german shepard, a basset hound and a yorkie) but no face to face. Although the yorkie snuck in one day when I opened the backdoor and Anna puffed up while Elsa hid. That introduction wont happen for a few more weeks, although I do make sure the cats roam around the house so their scent gets everywhere so the dogs get used to it.

Please provide more helpful information all!! thanks.

I'm so sorry they were will when you got them, and at 8 weeks old, much too young to leave for new homes. That said, you sound like a very good kitty parent and I am sure they will do great in your care :)

Anna and Elsa are very good names, and it appears they are named perfectly after the movie:)

What did your vet say about perhaps waiting on the vaccines...or coming to your home to give them their vaccines to minimize exposure to diseases ?

It's sounds as if you are doing everything correctly to be sure they integrate well and are introduced slowly to the dogs. I trust your dogs have seen or lived with cats before?

There are many posts and topics and threads on the forum. You can search for specific answers to questions by typing in the Search box in the upper right hand corner, above your avatar.

Again, welcome, and looking forward to more pics and stories of your new furkids!
 
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