Your cat counts on you for protection. One of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common feline diseases. Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your cat’s immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins – or antibodies – to protect against disease.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
It’s not as crucial for indoor cats, however, should your cat accidentally escape, be exposed to other cats or animals, have to go into a boarding facility he/she will NOT be protected. We can never know what the future holds or assume that a cat will never come into contact with a feline carrying disease, so it’s best to be prepared.
What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
This is a multi-virus vaccine that stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia also known as Feline Distemper. Core vaccines are considered vital to all pets based on the risk of exposure, the severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. Rabies is also a core vaccine and according to the city of Winnipeg’s bylaw, all cats are to be vaccinated unless there is a medical reason not to (i.e. serious vaccine reaction).
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
We recommend annual exams and based on the pet’s exposure risk/lifestyle and stage of life appropriate vaccinations will be advised. Your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule for your cat. This will depend on the type of vaccine, your pet’s age, medical history, environment, and lifestyle.
Are there any risk associated with vaccines?
Vaccines should mildly stimulate your cat’s immune system in order to create protection. This stimulation can create mild symptoms, ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. Your cat will be thoroughly examined by one of our veterinarians before a vaccine is given. This will allow the doctor to determine whether or not your cat is healthy enough to receive the injection.