Vaccinations are important for all domesticated cats. Whether they are strictly indoors or if they spend some time in the outdoors, having up to date vaccinations are crucial for all cats!
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
Although indoor cats can have less of a risk of coming in contact with certain viruses all pets are at risk of contracting communicable diseases. Having them up to date with vaccine allows you peace of mind that they are protected from some very serious and potentially fatal diseases.
What is FVRCP and core vaccinations for cats?
Panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and calicivirus are known as the FVRCP vaccine and is part of the core vaccination for cats along with a vaccination for rabies.
Cats that spend time outdoors are recommended to have an additional vaccination for feline leukemia, FeLV vaccination.
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
At North Town Veterinary Hospital, we are offering an alternative to the traditional once a year vaccination. While we recommended the rabies vaccination and examination be done annually, the FVRCP vaccine can be given up to every three years for cats with an indoor lifestyle. Please discuss your pet’s lifestyle with our veterinarian to decide what vaccination schedule is best for your cat.
Are there any risks associated with vaccines?
As with most vaccinations, there are always risks for reactions to the injection. Keeping a close eye on your pet for 24-hours after first receiving a vaccine will give you the time to see any symptoms of a reaction such as; pain, vomiting, diarrhea swelling, and extreme lethargy, have your cat brought back to the clinic. While vaccine reactions are not common, our team is trained on how to respond quickly, as well as to help prevent another reaction in the future.