Non-core Vaccines for Pet Cats

Non-core vaccines are optional vaccines that should be considered in the light of exposure risk; that is, based on geographic distribution and the lifestyle of the cat. Optional or non-core vaccines for cats include FeLV (for cats older than 1 year), Chlamydia felis, and Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccines.

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Non-core vaccines are optional vaccines that should be considered in the light of exposure risk; that is, based on geographic distribution and the lifestyle of the cat. Optional or non-core vaccines for cats include FeLV (for cats older than 1 year), Chlamydia felis, and Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccines.

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BORDETELLA

Intranasal – Attenuated live
Administration Instructions For frequency and interval, follow label instructions
Clinically Relevant Comments for Administration
  • Not routinely used in pet cats
  • Provides incomplete protection
  • Use as part of a control program in a multicat household where infection is confirmed
  • Never administer parenterally

CHLAMYDIA

Parenteral – Attenuated live & Inactivated
Administration Instructions For frequency and interval, follow label instructions
Clinically Relevant Comments for Administration
  • Provides incomplete protection
  • Use as part of a control program in a multicat household where infection is confirmed
  • Vaccination may be associated with a higher risk of adverse effects (lethargy, limb soreness, anorexia)32


Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., Elanco Animal Health, Merck Animal Health, and Zoetis Petcare supported the development of the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines and resources through an educational grant to AAHA.

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