Vaccinations are an important part of the annual physical exam provided for cats. Vaccines help combat feline diseases that can be deadly to your pet, and a strong immune system is key.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
Yes, your indoor cat needs to be vaccinated. Rabies, legally must be done due to it being zoonotic and there are other diseases where the cat does not need direct contact to be exposed.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
Answer: FVRCP is feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. It is the cat booster. Viral rhinotracheitis and calicivirus are both upper respiratory viruses. Panleukopenia or feline distemper is also a virus that can be fatal in kittens. Rabies also is a viral disease that affects the brain.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Adult cats need to be vaccinated every 3 years for rabies. The feline FVRCP booster is every 2 years, and the leukemia vaccine should be given one time a year.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
Major risks associated with cat vaccines are fibrosarcoma (a type of cancer), especially in leukemia and some rabies vaccines. Allergic reactions can also be present.