Does your cat need vaccinations? As a cat owner, keeping your feline friend healthy is probably one of your primary concerns.
In the U.S. alone, there are millions of cats. As a result, at some point, your precious pet is likely to come across a feline with a contagious disease. Even if your cat stays indoors, the animal can be exposed to diseases that may be carried into your home by dust, clothing or air.
One of the most effective ways to protect your pet from infectious diseases is through vaccinations. Here are four vaccinations that can help prevent illness or premature feline death.
4 Vaccinations That Protect Your Cat
Feline Distemper Vaccine
Feline distemper, which is also called feline panleukopenia, is extremely contagious and often results in the death of young felines. Symptoms of the disease include diarrhea, depression, vomiting and a lack of appetite.
Feline Leukemia Vaccine
Feline leukemia is the primary cause of death in cats. It is spread by a virus that results in cancer and prevents your cat’s immune system from properly fighting off infections. Some kittens are born with the virus already in their system.
In many cases, a cat can carry the virus for feline leukemia for years before any indication of the disease shows up. The vaccination for this disease is particularly important, because once symptoms present, there is no treatment option available.
Vaccines for Respiratory Diseases
Respiratory diseases are quite common and easy-to-contract. Kittens and older cats are most susceptible to these diseases and may even die after contracting them. Indications of feline respiratory diseases include coughing, eye infections. fever, sneezing and general malaise.
Three common feline respiratory diseases that can be prevented through vaccination are chlamydia, rhinotracheitis, and feline calicivirus (FCV). The three diseases can all be treated through the same vaccination.
Since stray felines may carry respiratory diseases without any signs of illness, they can easily infect your pet through casual contact. A simple sneeze can spread a respiratory infection from one feline to another. The vaccinations for upper respiratory illnesses in cats are offered through a series of several injections to gradually increase immunity over time.
Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of a cat. It is quite contagious and can be spread to other animals as well as humans. The rabies virus is contracted through the bite of an animal that is infected.
Although indoor cats may not have as much contact with other animals as outdoor felines do, indoor animals may still become infected through interactions with a host that has entered the garage or basement of your home. Rabies is not curable, so it is imperative to have your cat vaccinated.
If you live in the Las Vegas area and would like to verify the status of your cat’s vaccinations or schedule a vaccination appointment, contact our office today!