How Much Do Cat Vaccinations Cost?
Whether you just adopted a small kitten, or you have an older cat, you’re going to want to make sure that you keep up with your cat’s health. Vaccinations are going to be required on an annual basis to ensure that your cat doesn’t come in contact with any deadly diseases / viruses.
How much do cat vaccinations cost?
- The cost of the vet exam itself is all going to vary from $55 to as much as $120 just for the visit. The factors to include are the location, the clinic you’re going to and more.
- The first year cat vaccination cost will generally be the most expensive year, costing upwards of $120 for the entire year. After the cat’s first year, the costs will usually be around $30 to $50 for the entire year for basic vaccinations.
- According to PetEducation, Kittens usually get the most vaccinations in the first year. From 10 weeks until their 19th week, they are going to need their Chlamydophila, Rabies, Feline Leukemia, as well as Fel.V. These vaccinations are going to run anywhere from $10 to as much as $90 for the shot itself.
- Older cats are going to be required to get it’s booster shot on an annual basis. This can vary anywhere from $30 to $50, depending on your clinic.
Type of Vaccine
When it Should be Administered
Temporary vaccine for kittens
6 weeks old
FVRCP-Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, and Chlamydia
7 to 12 weeks old
Booster and FelV Leukemia
12 to 14 weeks old
FelV and FVRCP Booster (optional)
15 to 18 weeks old
5 to 6 months old
FVRCP and FelV
Annually after 12 months old
Once every 3 years after 18 months
Note: Each shot mentioned above should cost at least $10 to $80 per shot. Remember that each vet will visit. Some may tack on vet visit fees while others won’t.
What is going to be included?
- With an overall vaccination, most veterinarian offices are going to give more than a shot. They are going to include a wellness exam, as well as give you advice on what you should do to care for your cat.
- Some clinics may also include free samples such as treats, food and more.
- For a newborn kitten, a feline distemper, calcivirus and rhinotracheitis will be given around the seven week mark. Once the fourteen week mark hits, a series of rabies shots will be administered. Each and every year, a cat will receive it’s booster shot.
What are the extra costs?
- If the vet doctor finds that your cat needs more than a vaccination during the initial visit, some extra tests may need to be performed. Tests are going to greatly vary from $50, and up.
- Each and every year on average, a cat is going to continue to have to receive vaccinations. The next time you have to go to your vet’s office, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a timeline schedule. This would give you a rather good idea on what vaccinations are necessary for your cats. Keep in mind that indoor cats won’t need as many shots annually as compared to an outdoor cat.
- If the cat is an outdoor cat, additional shots such as leukemia and peritonitis shots will be required by the vet. These shots can start at $10.
- Most vets will recommend the basic vaccinations. There will come times, though, when your vet will recommend other vaccines. While it’s optional, these additional vaccines can cost you more money. Plan on spending upwards of $20 per shot.
How can I save money?
- Try going to your local Humane Society. These clinics are usually 30-40% cheaper than your vet office that is down the road.
- If there isn’t a humane society in your local area, consider calling up a handful of vets. These vet offices are more than happy to give a quote over the phone. It also doesn’t hurt to check out the websites of these offices as many of them will have quotes directly on the site. Vaccinations are going to be fairly close for just about everyone.
- There are many local clinics that can provide care for those who have a lower income. Consider talking with these clinics to see if you qualify.
- It is possible to administer these shots yourself. Consider buying these vaccinations online. It’s 100% legal and can save the vet examination fee.