For most of us, our pet cats are the apple of our eye and we want them to live with us as long as possible. One way we can help make this happen is to ensure their best interests when it comes to health. In other words: we need to be on top of their health! An important aspect of their health can be assisted by having them get vaccinated. There are so many different vaccines, which can potentially protect them against life-threatening diseases. While vaccines are important in managing your cat’s health, not all cats have to get vaccinated for everything – and they have their risks.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners has divided vaccines into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are highly recommended by vets for all cats that are healthy. Non-core vaccines are recommended depending on the cat’s lifestyle – your vet determines which vaccines are best for your cat.
Here are five important cat vaccinations you should consider:
1. Panleukopenia (FPV) – This is the leading cause of death in kittens, which is why it’s crucial for you to get the vaccine for a young kitten, especially in between their second to fourth months alive.
2. Feline Calcivirus (FCV) – The disease feline calcivirus causes cold-like symptoms and upper respiratory disease in felines. All cats and kittens should receive the vaccination and is usually given as a combination vaccine with the two other core: FHV-1 and panleukopenia.
3. Feline Herpes Virus Type I (FHV) – This highly contagious virus causes acute upper respiratory infections and infected cats become life-long carriers of the virus.
4. Rabies – State and city rules have requirements for rabies vaccines, but they should always be given by a vet – for many states, this is a law.
5. Anything your vet recommends – There are a variety of different vaccines for practically everything. Your vet is the one who can really say what your cat needs, which they will base off their lifestyle and health. Consult your vet to figure out what other vaccination your feline is in need of.
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