Vaccinations cats: what to do and when
In principle, vaccination of cats perform the same function as for the people, that is, protect the body from various diseases. In the beginning of the conversation it should be noted that vaccination of the animal always involves some risk. Currently there is no consensus about how often to vaccinate and what is the effectiveness of some vaccines. However, most veterinarians unanimously affirms that the use of medications in the preventive purposes will increase the lifespan of your little friend and improve its quality.
Who needs vaccination?
Some owners consider vaccination of cats with something completely useless. They are motivated by the fact that their pet is almost never leaves the apartment and is not in contact with other animals. This position is not quite true. Of course, if your pet can freely go out and come back, or are you going to take him to the summer at the cottage, about vaccinations you should consider first. However, pampered Pets cats also need timely vaccinations. In General, making a decision, you need to consider such factors as the animal's habitat and its way of life.
All vaccinated cats can be divided into two categories: basic and advanced. The first group includes four shots against panleukopenia (in common – cat distemper), calicivirus, feline herpes virus and rabies.
When to vaccinate a cat? To this question the vets answer in the following manner: the first three kittens at the age of 8-10 weeks. Repeat vaccination should be three: at 12-14 weeks and a year. Then the vaccine is repeated every three years. The optimal time for the injection against rabies 3 months
Vaccination of cats belonging to the group of additional include vaccines against:
- feline chlamydia: injection is done in that case, if the cat lives among infected individuals
- feline immunodeficiency virus: cat can become infected if it is bitten sick animal. If your four-legged friend is free to move at will and back, you need to ask the vet about this vaccination
- feline leukemia virus: immunization in this case also makes sense if the cat has access to the street. Domestic cats older than 4 months in vaccination do not need.
What shots to cats need, we understand. Let's talk now about the possible side effects of vaccination. They can vary from small irritation in the area of the injection to anaphylactic shock and the occurrence of tumors. Of course, such cases occur not too often, but, nevertheless, such a possibility exists. Therefore, to decide on additional vaccinations necessary only when they are really needed. Not worth it safe: you can put your pet much more damage. It is strictly forbidden to give injections to pregnant individuals is fraught with miscarriage. Generally, to make a decision about these or other vaccination is better only after you consult in detail with your veterinarian.