Vaccines help prevent cats from becoming sick and therefore, saves you money. Antibodies are natural defense mechanisms that cats use to fight infection. Vaccines help cats to make more of these antibodies. We at North Hill Animal Hospital, vaccinate cats based on the risk each cat has for picking up a certain disease. All cats should be vaccinated against rabies. This protects them and your whole family against this deadly disease. Cats also need to be vaccinated against the “core” group of disease, which they can get from interacting with other cats. In addition, your outdoor cat should be vaccinated against feline leukemia. The team at North Hill Animal Hospital will be happy to help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your feline friend.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
The simple answer is yes. All pets have the risk of being exposed to rabies since outdoor animals can and do find their way into some homes (like bats). Other concerns to consider are nose to nose contact with a screen and the possibility that your cat may escape outdoors. It only takes one interaction with an infected cat outdoors to put your pet at risk.
What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
Core vaccine for felines is a combo vaccine that protects again feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. These are all common viruses that can affect cats.
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
A cat needs to have rabies 2 consecutive years, then it becomes 3-year vaccines, they need core 3 consecutive years and then that vaccine becomes a 3-year vaccine. Feline leukemia virus vaccine is an annual vaccination.
Are there any risk associated with vaccines?
With any vaccine, there is a chance of a reaction. It is important to discuss vaccine reactions with any patient that is receiving a vaccine for the first time.