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Keeping your Cat Healthy with Vaccinations

May 7, 2008
If you have a kitten or cat and have been questioning whether or not you should vaccinate it, the short answer is yes.

Vaccinations are important to your pet's health and not taking this action could result in several complications for the duration of the animal's life and shorten it tremendously.

Below you will find some extremely helpful information that will allow you to take the next steps in keeping your pet healthy.

Why Should You Do It?

Well, like we discussed above the most important reason is for its health. Both cats and kittens can contract various diseases that are not only uncomfortable for them, but could also be fatal.

Beyond that, having a pet can be extremely expensive and if you don't care for it upfront then more expenses will soon follow that could hurt your finances.

Even though they are just pets to us, felines can't just get up and go to the veterinarian when they don't feel well. We understand this is common sense, but it's important to embed this in everyone's mind the next time your cat seems to be having problems with its health.

Getting vaccinations will also keep you from taking it to the vet's every week.

Is There One Vaccination For Every Cat?

This is a great question and the answer is both yes and no. Yes, there are vaccinations that cats should all take at some point within their lifetime, but there are different shots and methods for every age.

When kittens are around six to eight weeks old, they are required to take the FVRCP vaccinations. FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia.

The first (FVR) is a respiratory infection that is contagious in cats. It is a serious issue where kittens and older cats may need special treatment to recover.

The second (C) deals with an upper respiratory issue and can be contracted as easily as sharing or using the same dishes for food and milk.

The last (P) is extremely deadly and if they contract this disease (feline distemper) they will have to be put in ICU.

Feline versions of AIDS, Leukemia, and Infectious Peritonitis are also issues that need to be addressed with vaccinations along with rabies. The pain, agony and discomfort cats will go through if they end up having any of these diseases you will know from the vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea and many other symptoms that occur.

The Important Facts

The point is that if you were or someone you know was extremely sick, the first thing to do would be taking a trip to your family physician. In this case, it's a ride to the vet, but instead of waiting until something doesn't seem right with your cat, take care of it now.

This is rare, if your cat is not vaccinated its chances of getting sick from one of the diseases listed above is much greater then developing a cancer due to vaccinations.

The risk of tumors developing because of vaccines has prompted most veterinarians to vaccinate in the hip area rather then in the scruff of the neck.

Routine visits should always be kept in regards to its health and even though it can't say thank you, it will show it in other ways.
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