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What age do cats get rabies shots

Generally, cats need to be vaccinated against rabies between 10 and 16 weeks of age. In some states, you must have a rabies vaccination at 6 months.

How often do I need to get my cat vaccinated against rabies?

Vaccination is recommended every year, even if the cat was previously vaccinated.

How do I know if my cat is vaccinated against rabies?

Vaccination records should be kept for the life of the cat, and records should be presented to the veterinarian on request.

How does the rabies vaccine work?

The rabies vaccine is made of killed virus and is injected into the cat. The virus must be given early in life or the cat will not be protected against rabies.

How do I give my cat a rabies vaccine?

The vaccine is given by injection into the muscle of the thigh.

Where do I find a veterinarian who can give my cat a rabies vaccination?

The American Veterinary Medical Association website lists a list of veterinary colleges and veterinary practices that can administer the vaccine.

How much does a rabies vaccination cost?

Vaccination is free to all pet owners, but there may be a fee for administering the vaccine.

How soon after the vaccination do I need to get my cat in for a booster?

Within a few weeks of the vaccination, the cat should be seen by the veterinarian for a booster shot.

How long does the rabies vaccination last?

The vaccine is good for the life of the cat.

How do I find out if my cat is infected with rabies?

Rabies can be diagnosed only by a laboratory test. If a cat has rabies, it is important to report the animal to the local animal control. The animal control should be told to contact the nearest veterinarian immediately. The cat will be quarantined and given an antiviral drug injection.

Can my dog be vaccinated against rabies?

If a dog is bitten by a rabid animal, it is important to report the animal to the local animal control and to the veterinarian immediately. The dog should also be given an antiviral drug injection immediately.

How do I know if my dog is vaccinated against rabies?

Vaccination records should be kept for the life of the dog, and records should be presented to the veterinarian on request.

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