Vaccinations are one of the greatest modern medical discoveries; they allow for pre-emptive protection from diseases that can be fatal if transmitted. Vaccines work by introducing small amounts of weakened antigens from a virus or bacterium into your pet. Instead of making your pet sick, they stimulate your pet’s immune system to produce antibodies, which your pet’s body uses to fight infection. When your pet encounters the real virus or bacteria in the environment, his or her body recognizes these antigens and summons antibodies much more quickly to fight infection. Your veterinarian can discuss the appropriate vaccine protocol for your pet with you at your pet’s yearly general health exam.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
If your cat is strictly indoors only, they do not have to receive leukemia or the rabies vaccine. If you have any questions about whether or not your cat will be at a higher risk of these diseases, your veterinarian can discuss the options with you. Although your indoor cat is at minimal risk for these common diseases, it is still recommended to vaccinate them with, at the very least, the core feline vaccine.
What are FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
The FVRCP vaccine is a combination vaccine and contains Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia vaccines. This vaccine is often given with the Feline Leukemia Virus vaccine. These vaccines are known at our “core” vaccines for cats.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
The core feline vaccine and the rabies vaccine should be boosted 1 year after your cat received its kitten series of vaccinations. After that 1-year booster, the vaccines are given every 3 years thereafter.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
There are always risks with any vaccines however the benefits to vaccinating your feline typically outweigh the risks. Some of these risks can include minor adverse effects such as a delayed localized tissue reaction (such as a small lump under the skin), vomiting, fever and or diarrhea. More severe reactions, although rare, can include anaphylaxis.
Wondering which vaccines your cat may need?
Check out this lifestyle vaccine calculator that will give you a sense of what the veterinarian may recommend for your pet based on their lifestyle.