When your household is ready to welcome a new cat, you may think at first of all its lifestyle needs like toys, scratching posts, food, and covers for your furniture and electrical outlets. However, one must not forget about another important aspect of your cat’s wellbeing, which is prevention against severe and fatal diseases. When getting a new cat, make sure you have found a qualified vet to administer the best cat vaccination schedule.
Are Feline Vaccinations Necessary?
As many people go without the flu shot for years, one may wonder if it’s necessary for your cat to get vaccinated. If you plan on having an indoor cat, you may question the need for feline vaccinations even more. Even so, pet parents may not be entirely sure whether their new cat will live indoors, outdoors, or both. Also, cat vaccinations have had proven results in benefitting felines and reducing the prevalence of serious illnesses. Giving your cat vaccines is the responsible measure to take for caring for your cat’s health.
Cat vaccination starts when the cat is a kitten. There is a general schedule for administering core vaccines as well as some other useful ones. However, it is best to work with your vet for the best plan.
Vaccinations usually come in rounds at as early as 6-8 weeks of age, 12 weeks of age, and 15 or more weeks old. Vaccines include ones for feline leukemia virus, rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia. Vets also recommend the rabies vaccination, which not only prevents harm from your cat but also from the human population as well.
Adult Cat Vaccinations
A year after your kitten’s vaccination rounds, you may bring in your cat for annual vaccinations. There is no hard-and-fast rule about adult cat vaccinations, as your vet will take into consideration various factors like your cat’s lifestyle (indoor or outdoor,) health risks in your local area, and your cat’s age. Therefore, your cat may not need the same vaccinations every year, and may not need vaccinations as often as other felines. It is essential to care for your cat properly by keeping up-to-date on vaccines; however, one must also work with a trusted veterinarian to determine what your cat needs most.
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