Myths Dispelled: The Truth About Cat Vaccinations

Posted on: 28 December 2015

Cats are one of the most misunderstood creatures on earth. Cats need more care and affection than they let on, and even healthy feline companions should see a veterinarian regularly for check-ups. It's also important to get your cat on a vaccination schedule when they are still young. Some cat owners may hesitate due to myths about cat vaccinations, but a lot of rumors about vaccinations in cats are totally false. Here's the truth behind the most popular and enduringcat vaccine myths.

Myth: All vaccinations are necessary for your cat.

Fact: Well, many vaccinations are recommended, but there are two separate categories of vacations according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Only the core vaccinations should be considered absolutely necessary, while whether cats should receive non-core vaccinations should be a joint decision between you and your veterinarian based on the health needs of your particular cat.

Core vaccinations for your cat include the following:

  • Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) and Feline Calicivirus (FHV-1FCV) Vaccine
  • Rabies Vaccine

Non-Core vaccinations for your cat include the following:

  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) Vaccination
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Vaccination
  • Chlamydophila felis Vaccination
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica Vaccination

Myth: As long as my cat is kept in his cat carrier or in my hotel, I don't have to worry about vaccinations.

Truth: This one is totally wrong, and you will soon discover this if you try to get on an international flight with a cat. The exact vaccination requirements for your cat will vary depending on your destination, so you want to discuss your options with your vet as soon as you finalize your travel plans. You will need paperwork from your veterinarian in order to get cleared for travel with your canine companion, and your cat must be up-to-date on all required cat vaccinations in your destination cities.

Myth: You need to wait until your kitten has grown before giving him a vaccine.

Truth: Six-week-old kittens are ready for some vaccinations. After all, a kitten needs its mother's milk to help develop maternally derived antibodies. Unfortunately, not all kittens are able to get enough of them, and kittens are vulnerable when they don't. Many kittens need to be vaccinated until they are 16 weeks of age on a schedule that your veterinarian can help you decide based on your kitten's needs.

Finally, talk to your veterinarian about any concerns you have about vaccinating your cat. Always reveal any special conditions your cat may have before vaccinations are given. Then give yourself a pat on the back for taking such great care of your feline companion. You will get to enjoy much more time with your cat thanks to a healthy vaccination schedule that can ensure your pet never gets certain diseases.


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