Cat Vaccination

Cat Vaccinations

Vaccines are an easy and effective way to protect our feline patients from serious and common diseases found out in the environment. There are a variety of vaccinations available that protect against an array of diseases.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Yes, your indoor cat does need to be vaccinated. Vaccinating your cat against Rabies is mandated by law even if your cat does not go outside. Humans are able to bring disease in on their shoes and outerwear that could make your cat sick.

What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?

FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. These are 3 viral diseases that can make your cat very sick and it is considered core. The vaccine against Rabies is also considered core.

If your cat goes outside, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) vaccine should also be considered core.

How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?

To ensure your cat is healthy, a yearly physical examination with a doctor should be performed alongside yearly booster and Rabies vaccines.

Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?

The most common side effects seen after vaccination in cats is lethargy and decreased appetite. Some cats may feel a little sore for 24 hours following administration of a vaccine.

There are reports of tumor formation (vaccine-associated sarcoma) with the use of certain types of vaccines that have an adjuvant. Here at Seneca Animal Clinic, we use a non-adjuvanted type of vaccine for cats with studies that demonstrate the least amount of vaccine associated tumor formation.


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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Seneca Animal Clinic