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Rabies Vaccine Required for All Cats in Illinois

As of January 2019, all cats and kittens 4 months of age and older in Illinois must be vaccinated for rabies. Learn more about the law here.

Jackie Brown  |  Dec 24th 2018


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law that amended Illinois’ Animal Control Act. As of January 2019, all cats and kittens 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies and given a second rabies shot within one year of the first vaccination. As is currently done with dogs, counties will issue a vaccination certificate and a rabies tag, which they will provide to veterinarians to distribute.

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Catster magazine. Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Catster magazine delivered straight to you

About the author

Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.

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