Vaccinations are an essential part of pet care to ensure their well-being and a healthy lifespan by protecting your pet from various contagious diseases. Although some people may be of the opinion that an indoor-only cat needn’t have vaccinations, the standard ones are certainly required for several reasons.
A Pet Parent’s To Do List
Make sure you see a veterinarian and get all the necessary vaccinations required for your cat. Do make a note to remember to follow up with your licensed vet for kitty’s booster shots as well. Be sure to keep your pet’s certifications in a safe and convenient place.
This list may help you in creating a vaccination plan along with your veterinarian’s recommendations for a happy and healthy pet.
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP) – Usually referred to as the distemper shot, this vaccine protects against three problematic diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes also known as “feline distemper”).
- Rabies- Rabies is a deadly virus that can afflict all mammals. Humans are susceptible to rabies infection, too. It is strongly recommended that all cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies. An approved feline triennial rabies vaccine should be administered at three months of age repeated 12 months after and again every three years.
The vet may also recommend other vaccinations for your cat depending on which state you live in and your cat’s lifestyle:
- Chlamydia. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that leads to conjunctivitis, and the vaccination for this disease is usually a part of the distemper vaccination (FVRCP-C).
- Feline Leukemia (Felv). Felv is a viral infection that can be transmitted only through close contact with another cat suffering from Felv. This vaccination is a must for all cats who go outdoors.
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV is yet another viral infection that a cat can contract through close contact with another cat. Therefore, this vaccination is highly recommended by vets for cats that do go outdoors.
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). This is a lethal viral infection found in unhygienic feral colonies. Indoor cats are not at risk.
- Bordetella. This is a bacterial infection that causes highly contagious upper respiratory infections in cats. The vet may recommend this vaccination before your cat goes to a pet boarding facility or a groomer.
Because pet boarding facilities take utmost care to ensure that the highest levels of safety and cleanliness are maintained, including the safety of other pets, they will be unable to accept your animal if any required vaccinations are not up-to-date.
Do keep in mind the fact that vaccinations take a few days to a few weeks to become effective, so check with your veterinarian in this regard and plan ahead for the dates you require boarding.