If you have a cat as a pet, you should ensure that you take the cat to the vet clinic to be vaccinated. Like humans, cats are also at risk of getting illnesses that may cost them their lives. As such, it is very important that one knows the main cat vaccinations.
One such vaccination for cats is Panleukopenia. If cats are not vaccinated against this, they will often die if they contract this disease. This disease attacks mostly kittens. The white blood cells become low and the kitten then falls ill, refusing to eat or ends up vomiting after eating. Although there are several antibiotics available to cure the disease, the cat may not survive so most vets recommend the vaccination. The length of immunity usually lasts up to over a year.
Another type of vaccination is Rhinotracheitis. This vaccine is given to cats to ensure that if they get Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, they will not be sick for a long period of time which may cause them to die. It is advisable for you to ensure that your cat gets a regular dose of this vaccine as the FVR virus is common and the immunity does not last for long. Just like the Panleukopenia disease, the FVR also affects kittens mostly.
The Rabies vaccine is a very important one. Most people will associate the rabies disease with dogs but it also affects cats. The cat will get the rabies disease if bitten by an animal with the disease or one that is a carrier of rabies. If the cat is vaccinated, it may show symptoms of rabies if bitten but the symptoms will not be severe. The cat may also need to be quarantined for a few days by the vet. There are different types of vaccines for rabies and the length of immunity differs in each one.
In addition to these, there is also Calicivirus vaccination. Cats that are not given this vaccine are at risk of getting the Feline Calicivirus Infection. This infection usually attacks the respiratory system of the cat and causes ulcers on the tongue and the intestines. The infection affects cats of all ages and is likely to affect cats that live in congested places. The vaccination helps the cat to be able to reduce the severity of the infection since it has been known to affect even cats that have been vaccinated.
Apart from these main vaccinations, there are other types of cat vaccinations that may be given. These include Feline Leukemia, Chlamydophila and Bordetella. These vaccines are not considered to be core vaccines because the infections are not very common. However, you should always consult your vet on which vaccines ther cat should get. TThe vet will advise you according to the environment that the cat lives in and the kind of lifestyle it will live.
It is very important to keep a schedule of the vaccinations so that you can get your pet’s shots in order to avoid risking your cat’s health. The length of vaccines usually differs according to the age and breed of the cat.