As cat parents, our number one priority is the health and well-being of our cats. Thankfully, medicine has come a long way and now affords us a good way to protect our furry little babies: vaccines. The saying that cats have nine lives is just a saying. We need to protect them from viruses, bacteria and diseases through proper, complete and timely vaccination.
The importance of consulting a veterinarian at every step of your cat’s life cannot be stressed more as there are many things to consider like your cat’s age, lifestyle, health status and many more. Only a professional would be able to give competent care.
Your cat’s vet will have the knowledge and training about which vaccines to use, how long they last, and which diseases are most risky for your cats. Many states also have laws regarding vaccination and public health. These are important to follow. The veterinarians are the people best aware of these. Get a vet you trust and stick to him or her. This way your cats records and medical history is well maintained.
Here are some basic knowledge about vaccinations to help you be on the same page with your cat’s vet:
- Cats should get vaccinations when they are around 6 to 8 weeks old. Shots usually come in a series of about three to four weeks. Follow up shots or boosters are given usually a year after. Again, it depends on the kind of vaccine. Let your vet guide you.
- The most common diseases that cats get vaccines against are rabies, distemper, Feline viral rhinotracheitis, and Feline calicivirus.
- Depending on factors like your cat’s breed, access to the outside world and other cats, regional disease saturation many more, your veterinarian will assess which additional vaccines to administer.
- Your cat may need extra shots depending on how much time she spends outside, how often she’s around other cats, and the diseases that are common in your area. The most common ones are Chlamydia, Feline leukemia, and Bordetella.
I’d like to close this article with two things:
- Vaccines are a must for your cat’s longevity and well being.
- Consult and trust your veterinarian all the time.
Long live cat lovers!