The short answer is yes. Cat vaccinations are an integral part to the overall health and lifespan of your cat. Even if she is indoor only. Cat vaccinations are proven to prevent the incubation and transmission of fatal feline diseases.

What cat vaccinations are necessary?

At Gentle Touch Animal Hospital we recommend the following:

  • Feline Leukemia
  • Distemper
  • Rabies

Leukemia is only necessary if your cat spends any time outside and Rabies is required by law. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, cats do not need to be boostered annually. We vaccinate with the 3 year vaccines to stay within these guidelines.

Are there any risks or side effects with cat vaccinations?

Cat vaccinations stimulate your kitten or cat’s immune system in order to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This can cause mild symptoms to occur ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. Cat vaccinations can cause other risks like injection site tumors and immune disease, however such incidences are extremely rare. The three year vaccines have proven to have lower risks associated with them.

The fact is, the rewards of cat vaccinations far outweigh any risks. Cat vaccines have saved countless lives and play a vital role in the battle against feline infectious disease.

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