The FVRCP vaccine is more commonly called the "feline distemper vaccine." This is one vaccine that protects your cat from some of the most serious diseases.
Feline Panleukopenia Virus is a severe disease that can cause depression, suppressed immune system, vomiting, and diarrhea. All cats are at risk if they are not vaccinated. This virus, shed by sick cats, is very durable and can last in environments for a long time. Kittens born by sick cats may have brain defects that affect how well they can walk and move.
Feline Herpesvirus-1 is a common virus. It is one of the viruses that can give a cat a recurring upper respiratory infection. This infection can include, runny nose, runny eyes, coughing, and sneezing. Once infected, some cats will carry the virus and break out with infection when they are stressed. Chronic carriers also need to be vaccinated to help reduce risk of this infection.
Feline Calicivirus can cause a pretty nasty illness. Cats that get it severely can have high fevers, runny eyes, nose, ulcers of the mouth, and occasionally, they will develop pneumonia too. Vaccination against this virus is very protective and if does not completely eliminate risk of infection, it great reduces how severe an infection could be.
Cats that are exposed to chlamyidiosis get conjunctivitis and respiratory disease. In some cases this can become a chronic infection. This vaccine helps reduce how severe an infection will be if a cat is exposed to it.
Rabies, the disease that causes dysfunction of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) is one of the biggest health concerns of the veterinary world. Fortunately the rabies vaccines for our domestic animals are some of the most safe and effective vaccines made. Because this is a disease that is so deadly and can be transmitted to people, New York State makes it legally necessary to vaccinate all your dogs and cats. This includes those little dogs and indoor only cats.
Feline Leukemia vaccine
Cat can be exposed to Feline Leukemia virus by infected cats that are carriers. It is particularly well spread through saliva, so grooming and biting behaviors that cats may perform with infected housemates or outdoor cats can really increase their risk of infection. Less common ways of it being transmitted include shared food dishes. If kittens are born to an infected mother, they are likely to be infected too. Once infected, half of cats will be able to fight off the infection. The other half (especially the younger cats and kittens) will unfortunately become permanently infected. These permanently infected cats can live normally at first, but within months or years they tend to succumb to the severe results of infection including, suppressed immune system with secondary infection, and lymphoma (cancer of lymphnode cells).