At Oakbank Animal Hospital, we offer the most current advice on preventative health care, including the right vaccinations for your cat. Our veterinarians will work with you to put together the right vaccine program that is not only essential for your cat’s overall health but also appropriate for your cat’s age, lifestyle and travel needs.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
Indoor cats may not require the same vaccines as outdoor cats, but it is still important that they get the best possible chance at building a strong immune system. Although they are not being exposed to viruses outside, indoor cats can still be vulnerable to viruses entering your home. It can also be hard to predict if your cat will stay an indoor cat in the future or if you will be adding more cats to your home in the future which can pose a threat. Vaccine protocols can be modified as their lifestyle changes.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
The FVRCP vaccine or “core” vaccine for cats consists of Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia and Calicivirus for indoor cats and Feline Leukemia Virus vaccine is added for outdoor cats. These core vaccines are boostered annually. The Rabies vaccine requires administration every 3 years once your cat has received two Rabies vaccines consecutively.
Are there risks associated with cat vaccines?
There are always risks with any vaccine. However, the benefits to vaccinating your kitten/cats far outweigh the risks. Some of these risks can include minor adverse effects such as a swelling at the injection site, vomiting, fever and/or diarrhea. More severe reactions, although rare, can include anaphylaxis. If you think your cat has developed a vaccine associate reaction, please let your veterinarian know.