There are many reasons why people choose to own a cat or two or more. They can be affectionate or aloof; needy or independent, but one instance where a cat will always need his owner to take charge is when it is time for their vaccines. During certain points of their lives, cats will need to visit a veterinary in Bakersfield for core vaccinations. At The Oaks Pet Hospital can provide your pet with the highest care possible and ensure that your cat can fight off potential diseases.
Protecting Your Cat's Health
The main reason to have your cat vaccinated is to protect his health. If contracted, the diseases that your cat can get if they are left vulnerable can seriously affect their health and quality of life. Some of the diseases cat vaccinations protect against include:
- Rabies - A fatal disease that can be spread to humans. Cats are required to have this vaccine by law.
- Feline Distemper - May also be referred to as Panleukopenia. This does not pass to humans, but can be fatal. It exists everywhere, and even indoor cats are at risk. Early signs of the disease include depression, appetite loss, fever, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Feline Calicivirus- A cause of upper respiratory infection in cats
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis - a condition with symptoms similar to the common cold
- Chlamydia- a chronic upper respiratory infection in cats
- Feline Leukemia -A potentially fatal infection that causes anemia, lymphoma, and a breakdown of the immune system.
- Bordetella - a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes respiratory symptoms. Cats who live in multi-cat households or who are boarded often have the highest risk.
Rabies, distemper, calicivirus, and viral rhinotracheitis are all considered core vaccines, and kittens need to begin their vaccination schedule for these diseases as soon as they are in their new home, or as early as 6-8 weeks of age. Feline rabies shots normally aren't administered until at least 12 weeks. Initial kitten vaccines are given every 3-4 weeks, and boosters are given at six months and one year of age. After their kitten shots are complete, most cats only need to have booster shots about every three years.
Vaccines to protect against Chlamydia, Feline Leukemia, and Bordetella are still important, but less crucial and will depend largely on your cat's lifestyle and their interaction with other cats in order to determine if they need to keep up with these shots. If your cat goes outside, these should definitely be on your list, but indoor only cats that are not boarded with other cats may be able to get away without all these vaccines. It is important to talk to your cat's veterinarian to determine the best fit.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
To learn more, or to get your cat or kitten onto his own vaccine schedule, contact At The Oaks Pet Hospital in Bakersfield, CA at 661-665-8950 to schedule an appointment.