Vaccines are an easy and effective way to protect our feline patients from serious and common diseases found out in the environment. There are a variety of vaccinations available that protect against an array of diseases.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
Yes, your indoor cat does need to be vaccinated. Vaccinating your cat against Rabies is mandated by law even if your cat does not go outside. Humans are able to bring disease in on their shoes and outerwear that could make your cat sick.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. These are 3 viral diseases that can make your cat very sick and it is considered core. The vaccine against Rabies is also considered core.
If your cat goes outside, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) vaccine should also be considered core.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
To ensure your cat is healthy, a yearly physical examination with a doctor should be performed alongside yearly booster and Rabies vaccines.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
The most common side effects seen after vaccination in cats is lethargy and decreased appetite. Some cats may feel a little sore for 24 hours following administration of a vaccine.
There are reports of tumor formation (vaccine-associated sarcoma) with the use of certain types of vaccines that have an adjuvant. Here at Seneca Animal Clinic, we use a non-adjuvanted type of vaccine for cats with studies that demonstrate the least amount of vaccine associated tumor formation.