What Are Cat Vaccinations?
Cat vaccinations involve injecting small amounts of a virus to stimulate the cat's immune system, protecting against diseases.
Necessity of Vaccines
Vaccines are crucial for preventing life-threatening diseases like Feline Leukemia, which is often fatal.
Core vaccines include FeLV (Feline Leukemia), FVRCP (feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia), and Rabies.
Kittens typically receive a series of two or three vaccines, including FVRCP, Leukemia, and Rabies.
Adult and senior cats should maintain an annual vaccination schedule.
Risks and Side Effects
Side effects are rare, with occasional lethargy and rare instances of anaphylaxis or sarcoma at the vaccine site.
Indoor Cats and Vaccination
Even if a cat is strictly indoors, vaccinations are recommended due to potential lifestyle changes and accidental exposure.
Importance of Consistent Vaccination
Missing a vaccine leaves the cat unprotected from diseases, making it crucial not to skip any vaccines.
It is safe to administer multiple vaccines at once.
Cats need booster shots and annual veterinary visits.
If a vaccination due date is missed, reschedule as soon as possible.
Vaccinated cats are generally safe around unvaccinated animals due to their ability to mount an immune response.