Vaccines for Indoor & Outdoor CatsTags: vaccine, vaccines
Did you know that when kittens are born, there are antibodies in their mother’s milk that give them immunity during the first few weeks of life? However, after that, it’s up to you to provide protection with vaccines!
Vaccines work by producing disease-fighting antibodies that kill viruses, bacteria, and disease. Your cat will need certain vaccines throughout their life to maintain immunity against serious life-threatening illnesses, even if they stay indoors! That’s right. Although indoor cats do face less exposure, there is always some level of risk. While vaccinations can never be 100% guaranteed, they are your pet’s best protection against harmful diseases and illnesses. Plus, prevention is much more cost-effective than treatment, and less painful for your pet! We will help devise a specific schedule that is perfect for your cat based on factors such as heredity, lifestyle, and environment.
Indoor Cats Need Vaccines, Too!
Accidents Happen. Your cat may live indoors, but it is easy for pets to escape. Cats are curious creatures, which means your cat might be interested in the outside world. In the case of an accident, it’s best to have your cat protected. That way, if they come in contact with a stray cat, rabid animal, or are exposed to conditions elsewhere, their body will be able to fight off illness. This is especially true if your cat gets lost and is taken to a shelter where other sick cats may be.
Lifestyle Changes. There is a wide range of lifestyle changes that may affect your cat’s susceptibility to disease and illness. For instance, it is not uncommon for indoor cats to become outdoors cats later in life. Other possibilities include moving to a new home, bringing home new pets, and living with new people. The possibilities are endless.
Stress. If your cat becomes stressed, they are more likely to get sick. This is common in cats living with feline herpesvirus. This condition is highly contagious among cats, but cannot be spread to humans or dogs.
Wildlife Entering Your Home. It sounds silly, but wildlife can actually enter your home. If a rabid animal such as a bat, squirrel, rabbit, etc. comes inside, your pet is immediately at risk.
Required by Law. Certain vaccinations such as the rabies vaccine are mandatory. The state of New York requires all cats receive this vaccine on a yearly or tri-yearly basis to keep all members of society safe from a fatal and incurable disease.
Common Vaccines for Indoor & Outdoor Cats
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is an upper respiratory infection that is easily spread among cats. Treatment is limited and symptoms can be especially dangerous such as lack of appetite, fever, eye and nasal discharge, coughing and sneezing.
Feline Calicivirus is an upper respiratory infection that is highly contagious. It is exhibited by symptoms such as fever, ulcers and blisters, sneezing and pneumonia. Treatment is limited and a recovered cat can still infect other cats.
Feline Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, is caused by an extremely resilient virus that can survive outside a cat’s body for more than a year. Most cats are affected at some point during their lifetime. The good news is, the vaccine is highly effective! An infected cat will show signs of diarrhea, vomiting, fever, critical dehydration, and lethargy.
Rabies is a deadly and incurable disease that attacks the central nervous system. Vaccinations must be administered throughout their lifetime to remain effective. Many states require proof of vaccination.
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) destroys the immune system, leaving cats susceptible to serious conditions that greatly affect quality of life. Vaccination is highly recommended, as symptoms are not always present.
Feline Chlamydophila is a bacterial disease that causes 5% of feline respiratory diseases and effects the eyes and lungs. Highly contagious, kittens are most at risk and the disease can be passed to humans.