Primary vaccination is essential in order to prevent the return of the once common deadly infectious diseases in kittens and cats. Recent research indicates that not all vaccines require yearly boosters. However, there is no evidence that annual booster vaccination is anything but beneficial to the majority of cats. Published research has shown conclusively that abstaining from some boosters can put your cat at risk.
To establish whether boosters are necessary for your cat, blood tests to measure the amount of antibodies (antibody titers) are sometimes recommended. Unfortunately, these tests are often more expensive than revaccination and may be stressful to your cat. In addition, just because your cat has a high serum antibody, it does not mean that these antibodies will ensure adequate disease protection if your cat is exposed to a virulent strain of disease.
Government regulatory bodies have strict guidelines for vaccines, and manufacturers must prove that a vaccine is safe and effective before it can be used in your cat. Through vigilance and high standards, the veterinary vaccines used today are the safest and most protective ever.
Features of Cat Booster Shots
Several serious feline-specific diseases afflict many cats every year. To protect your kitten from contracting a preventable condition, it’s critical to have them vaccinated. It’s equally imperative to follow up your kitten’s first vaccinations with regular booster shots during their lifetime, even if you expect Fluffy to be an indoor companion. The aptly named booster shots “boost” your cat’s protection against a variety of feline diseases after the effects of the initial vaccine wear off. There are booster shots for different vaccines given on specific schedules. Your vet can provide advice on when you should bring your cat back for more booster shots.
Though you may not think your indoor cat requires vaccinations, by law cats must have certain vaccinations in many states. For example, a common law requires cats over the age of 6 months to be vaccinated against rabies. In return for the vaccinations, your veterinarian will provide you with a vaccination certificate, which should be stored in a safe place When considering your cat’s health, it’s always prudent to be cautious, as cats are often curious by nature. Our vets recommend core vaccinations for indoor cats to protect them against diseases they could be exposed to if they happen to escape the safety of your home.
Vaccinations for kittens
Kittens can be especially vulnerable to the effects of infectious diseases such as cat flu. If your kitten’s mum has been vaccinated, she will be less likely to pass on any of those diseases to her kittens and can pass on some of her protection to them in her milk. That’s one reason why it’s so important to carefully research where you get your kitten.
Once a kitten is weaned and home with you, they need their own protection. By getting them vaccinated you are reducing the risk of them falling seriously ill. Kittens can start their vaccinations from nine weeks old and will need a second set of injections, usually 2-4 weeks after their initial set to complete their course. Remember, your kitten won’t be fully protected until several weeks after their second set of jabs so it’s best to keep them indoors and away from any unvaccinated pets until your vet says they’re safe to mingle with other cats and go outside. You should still socialise them with everyday household sights and sounds in this time, though. Take a look at our vets’ advice on kitten socialisation and how to fit this around your kitten’s vaccinations.
Booster vaccinations for adult cats
Your cat will need to have regular booster jabs to make sure they stay fully protected throughout their life. Usually, boosters are needed once a year and most vet practices will send you a reminder if you’ve had jabs there before. Speak to your vet if you’re not sure when your cat is due, and write down any future dates so you don’t forget them. If your cat is overdue for a booster or missed their kitten vaccinations, don’t worry. They’ll usually just need a second injection (just like a kitten) to boost their immunity. Ask your vet how to get them back up to date.
Benefits of Cat Booster Shots
In common with human medicine the introduction of immunisation against several serious and often fatal diseases in cats has provided a widespread reduction in the incidences of these infectious conditions. It is tempting to assume that because we hear little of these diseases they are no longer a threat to cats. However, these infections have not gone away and are still present in our area. All cause distressing illness, which may be fatal despite veterinary treatment, and can leave surviving cats with permanent health issues.
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