Pet Vaccinations For Cats

February 2, 2013 by  
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Vaccinations for Cats

Cats make loving companions. They are intelligent, playful and quite resourceful. Let’s not forget loyal. Shouldn’t we show the same loyalty by keeping them healthy?

Animals have their own diseases that can affect their different species. There are also zoonotic ones that can be passed on to humans. To prevent this, it is important to have our pet vaccinated from an early age.

Did you know that immunity begins to leave your kitten as early as eight weeks of age? When they are weaned from their mother’s milk, the antibodies that are provided by it don’t last. They need vaccinations to continue their protection from common illnesses. When you get your pet, visit a veterinarian as soon as possible to set up a vaccination schedule.

It is never too late to begin vaccinations. Even if you adopt an adult cat, they can be helpful for a long and healthy life.

Feline Vaccinations

There are two types of feline vaccinations: core and non-core. The core vaccinations for cats are those that most often affect cats and can lead to mortality. These are usually the same across most breeds. Non-core vaccinations for cats are the ones that vary from breed to breed. A veterinarian can determine which additional shots are needed for your specific breed.

Most cats are indoor cats. Beyond the core, there may not be a reason to vaccinate for other illnesses because they don’t socialize with animals that can carry a threat. But, if there is the possibility that your cat may need to be boarded in a kennel or ever in the company of other animals, you don’t want to take any chances.

There are some similarities between those needed for dogs and those needed for cats. Let’s begin with the feline distemper or panleukopenia. Much like dogs, it is akin to childhood measles. Begin vaccinations at around 6 weeks of age.

Rabies is also an important vaccination. This is a highly contagious disease that can be spread from animal to animal and animal to human. It is required by law that pets receive this shot. Your kitten will receive it at about 12 weeks of age.

Calicivirus is another core vaccination for cats. It is a common disease in cats that leads to upper respiratory problems. Vaccination begins around six to eight weeks of age.

Cats also receive the feline herpes virus. Again, vaccinations for cats begin at around six weeks of age. Herpes is a viral infection and there is no cure for this virus. You can only treat the symptoms.

Rhinotracheitis is another infection of the respiratory tract that affects cats.

Some veterinarians provide these core vaccines in a combination vaccine. All are combined into one shot. Because the efficacy lasts less than one year, it is recommended that vaccinations for cats be given on a yearly basis to boost their immune function and protection. Cats are often not given non-core vaccination because the possible risks of the vaccine often outweigh the benefits.

Your cat is important to you. Protect them as best as you can with a regular vaccination schedule.


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