Vaccinations save lives.

Vaccines for Cats

Help protect the cats and kittens you love. Get them vaccinated.

Cats and kittens are at risk for several serious diseases. Take a moment to learn a little about them, the threat they pose to your pet, and the Merial vaccines that may protect your furry loved one. And remember, even if your cat is an "inside" cat, he or she can still be at risk. Ask your veterinarian about what vaccines are needed to help protect your cat, or use our vet locator to find a veterinarian near you who uses Merial vaccines.

PUREVAX vaccines for:

Feline Leukemia Virus6

Feline Leukemia occurs worldwide and is a very serious infection in cats. The infection is primarily spread through the saliva or urine of an infected cat following direct contact - mutual grooming, shared food bowls and litter boxes, and less commonly bite wounds. Kittens are especially vulnerable, and can contract the infection before or after birth from an infected mother. Persistently infected cats can appear healthy for extended periods of time before showing signs of illness. The virus attacks the cat's immune system, leading to immune suppression, increased risk of certain cancers, and bone marrow suppression.

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Rabies is a devastating disease. Once clinical signs have appeared, it is always fatal. The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system of an animal, leading to an agonizing death. The virus is usually transmitted via the saliva of a rabid animal through a bite wound, but it is possible for transmission to occur through contamination of scratch wounds or through mucosal membranes. Because rabies can be transmitted from infected animals to humans, it can pose a serious public health concern if an outbreak is suspected or reported. Many states have laws requiring rabies vaccination for dogs and cats.


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Feline Upper Respiratory Disease Complex2

Infectious upper respiratory infections are very common in cats. There are a number of infectious agents that can cause and/or contribute to these infections. Two of the most common causes are viruses -- feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus, type 1) and feline calicivirus. Because upper respiratory infections are so common in cats, many pet owners know that the signs include fever, sneezing, runny nose, and loss of appetite. A rather large percentage of cats can become carriers of feline herpesvirus and/or feline calicivirus after they clinically recover from infection. These cats may appear clinically normal, but the virus can become reactivated (and the cat can develop clinical signs again) after some type of stressful event.

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Feline Panleukopenia1

The feline panleukopenia virus is a parvovirus. It is found worldwide and is very contagious for cats and some other animals. Panleukopenia is spread when a cat or kitten comes in contact with the virus from an infected animal's feces or other secretions. It can even be spread through contact with items (including bedding, food dishes, and a person's clothing) contaminated by an infected animal. The virus is very resistant and can survive in the environment for long periods of time. Once a cat becomes infected, signs can include lethargy, fever, loss of appetite, frequent vomiting, and sometimes death. Kittens tend to be the most severely affected.

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Fortunately, you can help protect your cat with vaccines and by reducing your cat's exposure to other sick cats.

Help protect your cats and kitties. Get them vaccinated. Ask your veterinarian about PUREVAX vaccines. Or use our vet locator to find a veterinarian near you who uses PUREVAX vaccines.


To help protect cats from Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Upper Respiratory Disease Complex, Rabies, and Feline Leukemia.

PUREVAX vaccines are designed for cats and kittens and deliver a robust, effective immune response without the need for adjuvants. The PUREVAX Feline Rabies vaccines and PUREVAX Recombinant FeLV vaccine (feline leukemia virus) vaccine have been developed using state-of-the-art technology to provide safe and effective vaccines for these diseases without the use of adjuvants.

An adjuvant is a substance that is added to a vaccine to increase the body's immune response to the vaccine. Adjuvants have been associated with injection site reaction, injection site granuloma, and chronic inflammation in cats.7,8 PUREVAX feline vaccines are made without the use of adjuvants. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for PUREVAX vaccines, the only complete line of nonadjuvanted feline vaccines available.

REFERENCES: 1. Greene CE, et al. Feline enteric viral infections. In: Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. 4th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co.; 2012:80-91. 2. Gaskell RM, et al. Feline respiratory disease. In: Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. 4th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co.; 2012:151-162. 3. Greene CE, et al. Rabies and other lyssavirus infections. In: Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. 3rd edition. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier; 2006:167-183. 4. Kahn CM. Rabies. In: Merck Veterinary Manual 2009. 9th ed. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck & Co., Inc; 2009:1067-1071. 5. Rabies State law chart. AVMA website. Accessed March 21, 2015. 6. Hartmann K. Feline leukemia virus infection. In: Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. 4th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co.; 2012:108-136. 7. Green CE, et al. Immunoprophylaxis. In: Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. 4th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co., 2012:1185-1188. 8. Day MJ, Schoon HA, Magnol JP, et al. A kinetic study of histopathological changes in the subcutis of cats injected with non-adjuvanted and adjuvanted multi-component vaccines. Vaccine 2007; 25:4073-4078.