How Much Do Cat Vaccinations Cost?

Cat vaccinations may be core or non core vaccinations. The core vaccinations should be administered to all felines, while the non core vaccinations should be discussed with the vet and he will establish if these are necessary. The costs of vaccinations may vary according to several factors, including the type of vaccine administered, the vet’s fees and the clinic where the vaccine is administered.

Average Costs of Cat Vaccinations

The average cost of cat vaccinations may be between $50 and $100 during the first year. There may be clinics with more expensive rates per vaccination.

The cat will also require boosters (yearly or upon the recommendations of the vet) and these boosters may cost between $10 and $50 per year.

There are also certain low cost clinics, organizations or animal shelters that will charge less for vaccinations.

In some geographical areas, the costs of pet vaccinations may be higher. Do an online research and find out some places in your area where vaccinations are administered; you may also check out some forums for some up to date prices.

Included in the Costs

The costs of vaccinations for the first year should include a number of vaccines that are essential for kittens and cats.

The FVRCP vaccine combines 3 important vaccinations: the shot for feline distemper, rhinotracheitis and the calicivirus. These vaccines will be administered at 7 weeks, 10 weeks and 13 weeks.

The rabies shot should also be included in the costs; this vaccination is typically administered when the kitten is 12 weeks old.

The boosters will be administered periodically either once per year or once every 3 years. The vet will indicate how often the boosters should be administered judging by the health of the cat and whether he spends a lot of time outdoors or is exposed to other felines.

Additional Vaccination Costs

The basic costs of vaccinations will not include the price of non core vaccinations. These vaccinations are not recommended for all cats. The vet will prescribe these vaccines if the cat spends a lot of time outdoors and is exposed to potential diseases.

The vaccines prescribed by the vet may include the shot for feline leukemia virus, Chlamydia and the feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

These vaccines may cost between $10 and $25, depending on where the shot is administered.

Where to Find Discounts

If you can’t afford the costs of vaccinations, you should visit a pet organization or a shelter that may offer the first year vaccination for free or at very low rates.

You may also administer the shots yourself, by ordering the vaccines online, but you need to make sure that the vaccines you order come from a reliable source and that you are able to administer the shots.

How to Look for a Vet

To find a vet to administer the vaccinations, you should ask your friends or colleagues to recommend you a reliable vet. Ideally, you should choose a vet and keep going to the same vet, so that to reduce the stress of the cat when visiting the vet.