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Cat Vaccination - Are You Signing Your Pet's Death Warrant?

Apr 24, 2008
Unfortunately there's no getting away from that fact that vaccinating your cat is going to cost you money.

But your cat's not sick or in pain, so why should you bother booking an appointment to see your vet and paying out for something that, on the face of it, your cat doesn't need?

Death, is the reason. Painful death and the heartbreak it will bring to you and your family should your cat catch one of the preventable diseases that will needlessly end her life.

In all conscience, can you willfully ignore the lifelong protection from these diseases that vaccination will give your cat?

So, why vaccinate your cat?

To make sure that she is protected from the most dangerous viruses .

To give her the healthiest life possible.

To ensure that other cats aren't exposed to infection.

To save having to choose to put her to sleep.

And as a bonus, keep future vet's bills to a minimum!

There are three main diseases to guard against:

Feline Influenza or Cat 'Flu

As with human 'flu, cat 'flu is easily passed on but in the case of cats, has a very high death rate.

If your cat is unlucky enough to catch cat 'flu, her eyes, nose and windpipe will become inflamed. She will feel very unwell, will have unpleasant discharges, have a high temperature and consequently will appear very apathetic and disinterested in life. In addition, your pet will have little appetite and may have painful sores and ulcers on her tongue. So, your poor cat will be dribbling, and unable to eat, lose weight and condition, be sneezing frequently and struggling to breathe.

Each droplet of mucus breathed, sneezed or coughed out will carry the infection and the virus can travel through cat communities rapidly.

So, if an infected cat is taken into an environment where there are many other animals, such as into a boarding cattery or to a cat show, all other cats will be exposed to the infection. Even a trip to the vets will put other patients at risk.

Even if your cat is fortunate enough to recover from cat 'flu, she can remain a carrier of the virus for the rest of her life, posing an infection threat to every unprotected cat she comes across.

Feline Infectious Enteritis (Distemper) - Feline Panleucopenia

Unborn or newborn kittens are particularly susceptible to this disease and it is not uncommon for it to prove fatal within a very short time after the symptoms appear - it' really is that severe!

During an incubation period of between two to nine days, the cells of the gut wall, spleen, bone marrow, liver, lymph nodes and even sometimes, the brain will become affected.

Typical signs that your cat has distemper include vomiting, diarrhoea, apathy, a distinctive hunched posture and pitiful crying when handled. A sick cat has only a very slim chance of recovery.

This virus is passed on by direct or indirect contact between cats and often fleas can be a factor in transmitting the infection from one animal to another.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) The cat form of AIDS

Whilst being harmless to humans, there is no cure for cats. Feline AIDS is easily spread by direct contact in animals and once infected, will certainly result in the eventual death of your pet.

Typical symptoms of this disease are vomiting, weakness, diarrhoea, breathing problems and loss of weight. This virus damages your cat's immune system so any infection will rapidly overcome your cat's defences and lead to death.

Sadly, any cat found to be infected will need to be put to sleep immediately as they pose too great an infection risk to other cats. Thankfully, vaccination will give your pet the protection she needs against contracting FeLV in the first place, thereby removing any future threat to her life or the lives of other cats.

So, there really is no choice if you truly care for your pet. Vaccination is the only course of action to follow, not only for the protection of your own cat but also for the cat population as a whole. Be sensible - get your cat protected today!
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