Annual vaccines are an essential part of responsible pet ownership. These vaccines are key to preventing diseases and extending your pet’s life. Having our animals up to date on vaccines is one of the simplest ways to help ensure a longer, healthier life. Many types of vaccines cover various kinds of diseases.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
We always recommend vaccinating all cats, even indoor cats. Indoors cats can have a weaker immune system because they are often not exposed to the diseases outside. Some respiratory diseases can even be carried into your house on your clothes or shoes. Even though there is only a small chance of contracting rabies for an indoor cat, there can always be incidents where your cat gets outside or an infected animal (ex. bats) gets inside your house. If this happens and your pet comes into contact with a rabid animal, it can be fatal.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. These are the diseases we vaccinate against in our core vaccine. Feline leukemia is not a core vaccine, but it is important for kittens and any cats that go outside.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Adult cats need to be vaccinated with the core vaccine annually. In this appointment, we will do the vaccine, a full head-to-toe health exam and a deworming. Our rabies vaccine works a little differently. When you get the first vaccine, you need to booster this vaccine the following year. It needs to be done before the calendar date of the first vaccine. If the booster is done on time, then the vaccine becomes due every three years. If the booster vaccine is not done within the year, the vaccine is only good for one more year.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
There are rare cases of cats having reactions to the vaccines. This is why it is important to closely monitor your cat for 12-24 hours after they receive their vaccine. Some symptoms are pain and swelling at the injection site, facial swelling, trouble breathing or vomiting. If any of these signs occur, please call our clinic right away.