Vaccines are an integral part of your cat’s health and wellbeing; even an indoor cat needs to be vaccinated against illnesses that could harm, disable or even kill her. Learning more about the vaccines your cat needs and what they protect your pet from will help you stay vigilant and ensure your precious pet stays healthy and well.
Which Vaccines Does My Cat Need?
Your cat or kitten needs far fewer vaccines than a human child, but the ones she gets are required for optimal health. From protecting her from dangerous conditions like rabies to warding off potentially fatal illnesses like feline leukemia, the following vaccines are needed, according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners:
- FeLV: Protects your cat from Feline Leukemia, a very contagious and often fatal condition
- Rabies: Prevents your cat from the Rabies virus after an encounter with a wild animal
- FPV — Feline Panleukopenia: Also called feline distemper, this vaccine can prevent your cat from contracting this very contagious and often fatal illness.
- Feline Calicivirus: Can protect your cat from a harmful upper respiratory infection and discomfort.
While vaccines can have some mild side effects, your pet is protected from a variety of harmful conditions when you vaccinate on time. Cats should receive their first vaccines as kittens when possible, and then on an annual basis as recommended by your veterinarian.
Vaccines can be done at your annual well pet appointment; this is also a time to ask questions and get an update on how your cat is doing. A full checkup with vaccines ensures your beloved pet stays healthy and prevents some of the most common cat issues as well. Contact us today to schedule your well visit and protect your cat’s health and wellbeing.