At OPHS, we begin vaccinating kittens with an FVRCP booster once they are about 5 weeks old. This means some foster kittens already have their first vaccine when they go to foster, while others will need to come to OPHS when it is time for their first booster. After their first vaccine, kittens receive boosters every two or three weeks until they are adopted or have received a total of three vaccines. These dates will be scheduled by OPHS Kitty City staff.
Bring your fosters in a plastic carrier crate and bring your foster folder for scheduling your next visit. Please do not at any time allow kittens to touch the ground or floor inside or outside on OPHS grounds, as they could be exposed to contact-based illnesses.
When you come to OPHS, let the front office know you are there for your foster kittens’ booster vaccinations.
Visits to receive boosters for your kittens could take up to 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly.
If, for some reason, you cannot make it to your scheduled time, you MUST contact OPHS Kitty City or front office to reschedule as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is possible during the booster procedure that our veterinary services team may identify a medical reason to post-pone vaccination or take the kitten out of foster altogether. MEDICAL CONCERNS WITH BOOSTER VACCINATIONS
99.9% of the time, kittens and cats have absolutely no issues after getting vaccinated. Some kittens may seem to be slightly sleepy after a vaccine, but most of the time this is not even noticeable.
Additionally, we do use an intranasal vaccine on kittens that can cause temporary inflammation in the nasal passages and can lead to some sneezing and clear discharge from the nostrils. The inflammation and sneezing should only last a couple days, then they should return to normal. If the sneezing and/or discharge does not resolve on its own in a few days, please let OPHS/Kitty City staff know and they will ask our veterinary services if they would like to examine the kittens.
In extremely rare cases, kittens and cats may have an allergic reaction to their vaccinations. Usually, these reactions are seen within the first few minutes of receiving the vaccine and include the following: Swelling of face and/or feet, vomiting/diarrhea, extremely lethargy/listlessness, pale/white gums, difficulty breathing. IF YOU SEE ANY OF THESE SIGNS AFTER A VACCINATION, YOU NEED TO CONTACT OPHS IMMEDIATELY!