Aqueduct Animal Hospital

2721 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY 12309



Feline Exam, Vaccines and Testing protocols
(see bottom of page for kitten schedule)

Prevention is the best medicine. We've heard that before, but with all the products and services out there, things can get confusing. What vaccines are right for your cat? Are vaccines "really necessary for indoor cats? What products do we recommend for fleas, ticks, and heartworm? 

Let us help you!


We want to examine your cat every year. We recommend monthly preventatives based on your cat's individual environmental risks. We would also like to check your cat's feces for parasites. We administer vaccines (see below) based on your cat's risk for each disease and provide a comprehensive medical exam. We also recommend preventatives like RevolutionFrontline Plus, and Seresto.

We consider cats to be seniors at 7 years of age. We recommend performing a "senior wellness" blood panel. This will check your cats for many age-related diseases like kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, liver disease and many other issues that we can't identify on a routine exam. 

Please note: the following is a general guide. We will develop a vaccine schedule that 
is specific to your pet's age, breed, and lifestyle.


Vaccine or Test



Minimum age: 4 months

Required by law

Rabies vaccine information can be found here: Rabies

The first vaccine is good for 1 year. Subsequent vaccines are good for three years.


Minimum age: 6 weeks



A 'core vaccine' for all cats - protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (distemper).

Rhinotracheitis and calicivirus information can be found here: Feline upper respiratory diseases

Rhinotracheitis  and calicivirus are two viruses that attach the nose and eyes of kittens and cats, resulting in sneezing, fever, and clear nasal discharge. Left untreated, these viruses can lead to pneumonia, heart disease, eye ulcers, and chronic respiratory problems.

Feline Panleukopenia information can be found here: Feline Panleukopenia

After the initial kitten series, it's good for 1 year. The next time it's given, it's good for 3 years.

For cats who did not get kitten series: Initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine 3-4 weeks later.


Minimum age: 6 weeks

A simple blood test that checks for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia. FIV is similar to HIV/AIDS in humans. It is not contagious to humans, but both FIV and FeLV are spread from cat to cat.

Highly recommended yearly for all cats who go outside.

Feline Leukemia (FeLV)

Minimum age: 3 months

Information regarding feline leukemia can be found here: Feline Leukemia virus

Optional, but highly recommended for all cats who go outside.

We use the Pure Vaxleukemia vaccine. This non-adjuvant vaccine reduces the risk of chronic vaccine-related cancer.

Initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine 4 weeks later. After that, annually.


Kitten Visit Schedule



6 to 8 weeks old

1st kitten exam

FVRCP #1 of 3

12 weeks old

2nd kitten exam

FeLV/FIV test (if not performed prior)

FVRCP #2 of 3

Feline Leukemia vaccine (optional) #1 of 2

14-16 weeks old

FVRCP 1 year*

FeLV Vaccine 1 year (optional)*

Rabies 1 year*


After the 2nd pediatric exam, you will only be charged for vaccines unless you would like the vet to examine your cat