Here are questions that veterinary professionals are frequently asked about cats and vaccinations:
Q: My cat is strictly an indoor cat so I don’t see why he needs any shots.
A: Indoor cats are still at risk for a wide variety of diseases. Also, you can never be 100% certain your indoor kitty won’t ever get outside or the new cat you adopted is not harboring a disease that can be transmitted to other cats. And while indoor cats may be exposed to fewer diseases than outdoor cats, indoor cats may be exposed to many disease pathogens. We recommend vaccinations and parasite control measures for all cats regardless of where they spend their time. Prevention is always better and less expensive than treatment.
Q: My cat gets the three-year shots, so doesn’t this mean I just take her for an exam every three years, instead of every year?
A: Even if your veterinarian gives your cat three-year vaccinations, your cat still needs to be seen by your veterinarian at least once a year. Vaccinations are just one component of the wellness visit. Regular wellness exams are critical to keeping your cat in optimum health, regardless how often vaccines are administered. The American Association of Feline Practitioners and American Animal Hospital Association recommend a minimum of one annual wellness exam for cats, with more frequent exams for senior and geriatric patients, or those cats with medical or behavioral conditions.
Q: It seems like my cats have to get a lot of vaccinations. Do they really need all of them?
A: Your veterinarian will determine the vaccinations your cats need based on the results of their health histories, ages and lifestyles at their annual wellness exams. The important thing to remember is serious infectious feline diseases are still prevalent and if your cats are not vaccinated against them, they’re at risk. Have confidence that your veterinarian will recommend only the appropriate vaccinations your cats need – nothing less and nothing more.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners and American Animal Hospital Association recommend a minimum of one annual wellness exam for cats, with more frequent exams for senior and geriatric patients, or those cats with medical or behavioral conditions
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