Cat Vaccination Cost

How much does cat vaccination cost?

Cats are fascinating creatures that are fantastic pets, and vaccinations against common diseases and infections are part and parcel of cat ownership. We vaccinate kittens against the ailments that can attack them in their younger days and older cats against diseases that may strike, and while not a guarantee of success these are regarded as essential and many vets will not treat cats in later life that have not had their full vaccinations. Furthermore, catteries will not take them. Costs vary across the country according to the location, and according to the vaccination involved.

General Cost

• In the first year of your cat’s life you will be required to have a series of vaccinations at different intervals; it is advisable to budget around $50 to $100 for these essential vaccinations.
• After the first year the need for vaccinations becomes less frequent, but many people will find they spend around $30 per year on essential vaccinations for their cat during each year of its life.
• You may stick with the standard vaccinations – as costed above – and any other additional recommended vaccinations will cost extra.
• The price of vaccinations may vary not just with the vet concerned but also with the type of cat, some of which require special attention.

Extra Cost

• Allow extra vaccinations for special diseases that may be prevalent in certain areas, and these will be between $10 and $20 for each shot.
• Outdoor cats, those that come into contact with other felines, may be required to take on additional vaccines at a cost of around $10 a shot.

Tips

• Always keep jabs and other shots up to date – if you need to put your cat in a cattery in later life it may be expensive to have the vaccinations done at short notice, and your cat may not be accepted by many catteries as a result.
• Some people vaccinate their cats themselves by ordering the vaccines online – whether this is a recommended course of action depends upon how familiar you are with your cat’s behaviour.
• Check local regulations of the required frequency of rabies vaccinations.

Shopping

• Always shop around for the best deal – this is a competitive market and the packages offered by various providers differ.
• Check at your local pet store and vet for recommended services
• See www.avma.org/statevma/ website for expert advice and information on rates and costs and nearby registered vets.

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