Aqueduct Animal Hospital

2721 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY 12309



Feline Vaccinations and Blood Work

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. 




The minimum age requirement is 3 months. The rabies vaccination for cats is required by law. Additional rabies vaccine information can be found here: Rabies. The first vaccine is good for 1 year. Subsequent vaccines are good for three years. 


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 diseasesRhinotracheitis  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.


The minimum age requirement is 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)

Information regarding feline leukemia can be found here: Feline Leukemia virus. Optional, but highly recommended for all cats who go outside. Initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine 4 weeks later. After that, annually.