How much do shots cost?

topic posted Sun, September 4, 2005 - 12:13 PM by  Lyra
So, I have about 150$ dollars saved for when I get my new kitten her shots. Will this be enough?

I'm taking one of my outdoor kittens to Eugene with me to where my partner lives. I couldn't bear the thought of someone else getting her.. So I've found a way to keep her. I know I can find a little-to-no-cost place that'll spay her, but I need her to get shots too. She's maybe 5-6 months old or so, it's hard to remember. I was hoping I could get it all done in one fell swoop, because she'll be getting used to a new house and indoor life anyway, I don't want to traumatize her COMPLETELY, you know? *sigh* She'll get over it, cuz she's still a kitten, but I just worry.

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  • Re: How much do shots cost?

    Sun, September 4, 2005 - 3:41 PM
    meow! there are low cost shot clinics too. they have them at petco.. very reasonable... id check that out. also, call your local shelter they may able to refer you to a low cost clinic.

    purrs and headbutts
    • Re: How much do shots cost?

      Sat, February 23, 2008 - 4:48 PM
      Don't ever go to PETCO to get shots. We went there to get our chihuahuas vaccinated and get a heartworm test. The vet was 90 and no longer practiced on a regular basis. The "tech" that was there was not well trained in restraint and the combination was bad news for my littlest girl (she's on 4 pounds). When the "vet" tried to draw blood, the "tech" failed to properly restrain my girl, resulting in a very painful blood filled swelling. She should be fine, but when this happened, we scooped her up and walked out.

      If you care for your pet, go somewhere else. Our regular vet turned out to be about the same amount of money...not so low cost, especially with the pain inflicted...
  • Re: How much do shots cost?

    Mon, September 5, 2005 - 12:21 AM
    Going to a shot clinic in a pet store on the weekends is generally the cheapest way to go.

    You didn't mention if this cat has ever had vaccines before, but since she's outdoors and hasn't been spayed. (Hope she's too young to be in heat!) If she's had no vaccines she should get a series of boosters.

    Cats should normally start their vaccines at 7-8 weeks of age.
    If she's been an outdoor cat you should have her tested for FELV (feline leukemia) and FIV (feline aids) before vaccinating.

    At a minimum she should get her respiratory combo shot, sometimes called a 4 in 1 or a 5 in one shot. She should get a series of 2 boosters 3 weeks apart and then annually. Some vets have a 3 year vaccine that can be given after the first year of protection.

    If she tests negative for FELV, she should get a series of 2 boosters 3 weeks apart and then annually.

    I do not generally recommend the FIV vaccine as sometimes it can cause a false positive (for the actual FIV virus) result in a test.

    The rabies vaccine can be given at 4 MONTHS of age. They don't get a series, just one vaccine good for a year. however, after the first year has passed most vets offer a 3 year booster.

    A word of caution about giving all the vaccines at once... especially the first time
    1. Your cat may be quite fluish and lethargic afterward.
    2. If your cat has an allergic reaction you won't know which vaccine did it
    3. If a cat is going to have a reaction, it's more likely to happen with multiple vaccines.

    So, if you decide to do this it's best to ask them to do it while the cat is waking up from the surgery. They should be monitering her carefully at that point anyway and can treat her immediately if she has a reaction.

    Hope that's useful info for you...
    • Re: How much do shots cost?

      Fri, September 9, 2005 - 5:54 AM
      Hi All,

      I got my cats after they'd had their first year vaccinations, so I don't know how long it takes for them to recover.

      I have a 12lb male (Booty) and 9lb female (Tibby). They are both now 2 years old and already spayed and neutered.

      Yesterday, they both received vaccinations for FcRVP, Rabies, and FeLV. It's now been 24 hours since their shots, and they are still lethargic with no appetite. How long does recovery typically take? I miss my happy little fur ones and hate to see them so weak and sad. :(
      • Re: How much do shots cost?

        Fri, September 9, 2005 - 9:25 AM
        I think I paid $120 for all of my cat's shots in her first year (@ a year & half ago), the vet gave a discount if you paid for them all up front. Then just bring her back at the designated times for the shots. They'll tell you when they should have them. Yoda took @ 24 hours to recover from her shots. She was so lethargic after. When she stood up on the back of the recliner to stretch after snoozing just a couple hours after getting the shots, she fell off it and couldn't catch herself, she landed right on her fat little fur-butt! I almost felt bad for laughing at her, especially with the look she gave me. I got the evil eye just before she wobbled & fell over again, poor thing. I think if they are still lethargic by this afternoon you ought to call the vet where they had it done & ask them.
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          Re: How much do shots cost?

          Fri, September 9, 2005 - 6:14 PM
          I took my cat to petco for his shots. We did a package deal, his entire first year of shots and it only cost $123. That included 4 rounds of shots in 3 visits, each a month apart.

          I'll be taking him back for next years shots.
  • Re: How much do shots cost?

    Thu, September 15, 2005 - 11:09 AM
    I have found, which i dont know if you have one near where you live, Companion Pet Clinic to be the best, most cost efficient place to get shots done. they run me any where from 12.00-20.00(depending on what shot is being done.) They also have(well where i live they do) "specials" on a cerrtain day for spay and neutering. Worth checking to see if you have one around you and what they offer. I really dont know if all are the same.

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