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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 Boehringer Ingelheim vaccines that may protect your furry loved one. See which vaccines are required by law. And remember, even if your cat is an “inside” cat, he or she is still at risk and should be protected with PUREVAX© vaccines. Ask your veterinarian about PUREVAX vaccines, or use our vet locator to find a veterinarian near you who uses Merial vaccines.

PUREVAX© vaccines for:

Feline Panleukopenia1

Feline Panleukopenia is caused by feline parvovirus. Panleukopenia causes high mortality in kittens. It is highly contagious and is spread through contact with an infected animal's bodily fluids or feces. It can be spread through contact with bedding, food dishes, or even by the clothing and shoes of those who handle infected animals. Clinical signs include loss of appetite, fever, and frequent vomiting.

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Respiratory Disease Complex2

Just as humans spread colds amongst each other easily, feline viral respiratory diseases are highly contagious illnesses that can spread rapidly through multi-cat homes, catteries, and shelters (but cats cannot catch our colds and we can’t catch their respiratory diseases). They are one of the most common infectious disease problems a cat owner is likely to encounter. Clinical signs include: sneezing, runny nose, and loss of appetite.

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Rabies is always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the central nervous system of the animal, leading to an agonizing death. Infection is usually transmitted via the saliva of a rabid animal, through a bite, through contamination of scratch wounds or via 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. Most states have laws requiring rabies vaccines.

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Feline Leukemia Virus6

Feline Leukemia occurs worldwide and is a common cause of fatality in cats. The disease is spread through contact with saliva or blood, or from sharing food and water dishes with an infected cat. A cat fight is a common way of contacting those fluids, but social grooming can spread the virus. Even cats that appear healthy can be infected with the virus. Kittens are especially vulnerable; they can contract the disease in their mother’s womb, or after birth through mother’s milk. The virus attacks the cat's immune system, leading to immune system suppression, increased risk of certain cancers, and suppression of the bone marrow. Clinical signs can vary, but include pale gums, yellow in the whites of eyes, fever, loss of appetite, and breathing difficulty.

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Fortunately, you can help prevent all of these disease by vaccination 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 Merial vaccines.


To help protect cats from Feline Panleukopenia, 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 Rabies vaccine and PUREVAX FeLV (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.

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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.