feline Your cat may sleep on the arm of your sofa while you watch television or run across your pillow in the wee hours of the morning. He may charm your visitors with a quick affectionate brush against their legs or hide under a piece of furniture until they leave. She may have a taste for a certain brand of cat food, or he may display a penchant toward an accessible backyard bird buffet.
Every detail points to a very individual creature – which is why at Town N Country, we don’t have one size fits all vaccination recommendations for your cat.
Indoors-only cats need Rabies and Distemper (AKA Feline Panleukopenia, Calci and Rhinotracheitis/Herpes Virus) vaccinations. These are considered CORE vaccines by the American Academy of Feline Practitioners. Cats allowed to go outside must have these, but will most likely need additional vaccines. Take a look at this disease and vaccine primer so you’ll know what to expect:
CORE vaccines
1. Rabies. NC state law requires that all cats and dogs be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Rabies affects the central nervous system, evidenced in a cat’s radically changed behavior – including aggression. Purevax® Feline Rabies vaccine is Town N Country’s Rabies vaccine of choice because its state-of-the-art technology administers immunity without unnecessary proteins or adjuvants. SOME adjuvants have been implicated with certain risks like vaccine-site reactions, inflammation, or even vaccine-site-associated tumors. Some owners ask about 3-year Rabies vaccines. These vaccines are associated with the aforementioned risks. Town N Country vets trusts PureVax® vaccines to protect the lives of one-of-a-kind cats – like yours.
2. Feline Distemper Vaccine – this is a combination vaccine that includes vaccination against Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. This vaccine is considered a CORE vaccine for all cats, even indoor-exclusive cats. Although indoor cats may not come in contact with other cats, there is concern for boarding visits, hospital visits, traveling and transmission of disease from the owner’s clothing or shoes. These diseases are highly contagious and many cats don’t survive the disease.
NON-CORE Vaccines
3. Feline Leukemia. Particularly dangerous for young cats, Feline Leukemia causes lymphoma in a quarter of infected cats and contributes to other diseases because it suppresses the immune system and bone marrow production. Vaccines are only recommended for multi-cat households, cats that spend anytime outside, and all kittens. Often a cat that’s infected with Feline Leukemia exhibits no visible symptoms. Kittens should be vaccinated for the first year of their life because of their high susceptibility to the disease.
4. Feline Immunodificiency Virus. Vaccination against this serious disease should be administered to cats of multi-cat households and those that spend anytime outside. This disease is most commonly transmitted via the saliva of infected cats or by transmission from mothers to their kittens. Many cats can live a long, normal life until their immune system’s function drops dangerously low. This is when cats become highly susceptible to infectious diseases.
If you’ve added a kitten to your family or you think your cat may need a booster, give us a call. Before we decide what shots and preventions your cat needs, we’ll discuss your cat’s habits, health, age and preferred environment. It’s a simple step you can take to protect your pet.