Vaccinations & Your Cat

Why are vaccinations necessary?

  1. It is our duty as pet parents to keep our pets healthy and follow state rabies laws.
  2. Vaccinations prevent disease.
  3. Vaccinations work by injecting a small amount of the virus into your pet to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies against the disease.
  4. Vaccines become fully effective when your pet reaches 20-24 weeks of age provided all vaccine protocols have been followed.
  5. In most cases, pets receive their vaccines without any side effects or adverse reactions. In the rare case of allergic reaction or prolonged general depression/apathy, contact your veterinarian immediately.

What are the recommended vaccinations for felines?

FVRCP – a 4-in-one vaccination recommended for all cats that prevents the following diseases.
Feline Panleukopenia/Distemper – a highly contagious disease causing fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Onset is often sudden and could be rapidly fatal.
Rhinotracheitis (herpes virus) – a highly contagious disease causing sneezing, loss of appetite, depression, fever, eye inflammation and as the disease progresses – drainage from the nose and eyes. Severe infection can be fatal, especially in kittens.
Calicivirus – highly contagious and has similar symptoms to rhinotracheitis. Additional symptoms include painful sores on the mouth and tongue.
Pneumonitis (caused by chlamydia psittaci) – symptoms are similar to rhinotracheitis and calicivirus.

Rabies – this disease can affect all warm-blooded animals including humans. Transmission usually occurs from the bite of an infected animal. The main reservoir of rabies now found in wild animals like raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats. The virus attacks the brain and central nervous system and is almost always fatal. Vaccination is required by CT State Law.

Leukemia – one of the most dangerous infectious diseases affecting cats today. Cats can harbor the infection for many years before becoming symptomatic and are a potential source of infection for every cat they make contact with during that time. There is no specific treatment or cure and the end result is usually natural death or necessary euthanasia. Symptoms include – immune suppression, chronic infections, anemia, weight loss, poor health, leukemia and other cancers. Vaccination is highly recommended, especially for cats that have any access to the outdoors.

FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) – this is a serious, multi-systemic, viral disease affecting cats. It can attack the abdominal lining, liver, kidneys, eyes, brain and more. Symptoms are variable and include fever, weight loss, abdominal swelling, difficulty breathing, anemia and more. Testing for the disease is not accurate, diagnosis is difficult and there is no adequate treatment that is consistently available. This disease is usually fatal. Vaccination is highly recommended.

Vaccinations & Your Cat

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