Cats require vaccinations throughout their lives, but the most important ones are given when they’re kittens. This is a critical time in which kittens need to build up immunity, but those frequent shots can add up financially.
Fortunately, you can get kitten shots at PetSmart at a reduced cost. The company has partnered with Banfield Hospitals and ShotVet to offer lower-cost vaccinations at most store locations. Kitten shots range from about $35 to $42 per shot at PetSmart.
What Shots Do Kittens Need?
Kittens are most vulnerable to infectious diseases between weaning and 6 months of age. Before then, they’re protected by their mother’s antibodies when they nurse. These antibodies offer protection but may also interfere with vaccinations, which is why kitten vaccinations should begin at 6–8 weeks of age. They’ll also need boosters every 3–4 weeks until they’re 16–20 weeks old.
How Much Are Kitten Shots at PetSmart?
The cost of vaccinations varies based on your location, which shots you choose, your kitten’s age, and more. With ShotVet, the costs are the same regardless of location, and you can save by purchasing a PureVax Kitten Club package that includes all three series of kitten shots for $189.
Otherwise, you can purchase individual kitten shot series, which are as follows:
- PureVax Kitten A: $79, includes FVRCP and strategic deworming for hook and roundworms
- PureVax Kitten B: $99 for FVRCP, strategic deworming, and FeLV
- PureVax Kitten C: $139 for FVRCP, strategic deworming, FeLV, and rabies
You have the option to pay at the time of visit or to prepay for your vaccinations with FAST PAWS, which shortens your wait time at the mobile clinic.
Banfield shots vary by the shot and the location. Generally, it’s slightly cheaper than ShotVet, but you won’t get the dewormer. It also has the same prices for adult cats and kittens and no value package for multiple rounds of vaccinations.
Recommended Kitten Vaccination Schedule
The general recommendations for kitten vaccinations are as follows:
How Much Do Kitten Vaccines Cost at a Vet?
Depending on your location and the drug manufacturer, kitten vaccines can range from $25 to $50. Going to a vet also requires an exam, which comes at an extra cost but also benefits like knowing your cat is healthy enough to receive vaccines and identifying any problems that may need further investigation.
Keep in mind that vaccines can have side effects. They’re usually mild, but it’s possible for kittens to have severe reactions with serious signs like facial swelling, trouble breathing, and shock. This is another reason that it’s best to develop a working relationship with a vet to ensure that your kitten can receive vaccinations and that any issues can be handled if they arise.
Do Indoor Cats Need Vaccinations?
Some cat owners mistakenly believe that indoor cats don’t need vaccinations because they don’t come in contact with other cats that can pass on diseases. Unfortunately, many infectious cat diseases can enter your home and infect your cat, even if the cat itself never sets foot out your door.
It’s possible to carry viruses into your home on your shoes or clothing, such as calicivirus and herpesvirus. Rabies is also a considerable risk, as it can affect many different species, including humans.
Compared to the potential risks of these diseases—and the costs to treat them—vaccinations are smart and cost-effective options.
Having a cat comes with responsibility, including crucial vaccinations that protect a kitten from potentially deadly diseases like rabies and FeLV. While you should always develop a relationship with a vet to handle your cat’s care from kitten through adulthood, kitten shots at PetSmart using ShotVet or Banfield is an affordable way to care for your kitten’s needs on a budget.
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