Do you have a cat, or are you thinking of adopting one? Did you know cats need vaccinations just like dogs do? Do you want to find out more about why you should have your cat vaccinated?
Many cat owners, especially those who have indoor-only cats, have questions about the necessity of vaccinations for their pets. Even if your cat stays inside all the time, it is still a good idea to have them vaccinated against a variety of feline illnesses. In the article below, we’ll help you learn more about why vaccinations are just as crucial for cats as they are for dogs.
Vaccinations Prevent Your Cat from Getting Sick
Vaccinations, first and foremost, are intended to prevent your cat from getting sick. Many feline health conditions and illnesses can be prevented or significantly reduced with the help of vaccinations. Cats who are at risk of coming into contact with these illnesses can enjoy a healthier, happier life with the help of vaccinations.
Additionally, when your cat is vaccinated, you don’t have to worry about as many potential vet bills either. Your cat will not get sick as easily when you’ve remedied most of the common cat illnesses from their life.
Vaccinations Prevent Your Cat from Spreading Illness to Other Cats and Animals
If your cat gets sick with a feline illness, they will become a carrier for that illness and may risk spreading it to other cats too. Many cat illnesses can also be spread to dogs and even to ferrets, so it’s important for the health of all the pets in your household to keep your cat vaccinated.
Additionally, a vaccinated cat will not risk spreading feline illnesses to strays and other neighborhood pets either. In this way, vaccinating your cat can help you stop feline illnesses from becoming a serious problem in your area, and you’ll be helping other cats stay well too.
Vaccinations Prevent Your Cat from Spreading Illness to Humans
Some feline diseases can even be spread to humans. One of the most concerning of these possible diseases is rabies, which can be spread from a cat’s bite to a human, a dog, or to any other animal the cat comes into contact with as well. Although rabies is uncommon in cats, it is still crucial for the health and safety of your family to have your cat vaccinated against it regularly.
Rabies is not the only cat illness that can be spread to humans, but it is the deadliest. Talk to your veterinarian about other vaccinations you should get to prevent the spread of disease from your cat to your family.
Vaccinations Can Give You Peace of Mind if Your Cat Does Go Outside
If your cat goes outside at all, or if they accidentally escapes your home, you will have additional peace of mind knowing that they are vaccinated against most diseases they may come into contact with.
This peace of mind is especially important in times when you’re already worried about locating an escaped cat.
Vaccinations are Typically Required for Boarding and Travel
If you plan to board your cat at any boarding facility, you’ll likely need to provide proof of vaccination records before you can do so. While it may be possible to find facilities that will not require vaccinations, these are typically dangerous and may cause your cat to become very sick from exposure to feline illnesses.
Additionally, if you’re going to travel with your cat, many travel options and destinations alike require vaccination records too. Airlines and hotels, for example, will expect you to provide this information about your pet before you travel.
Vaccinations May be Required Where You Live
Depending on where you live, you may be required by law to have your cat vaccinated against rabies. Although feline rabies vaccinations are not typically as commonly required by law as canine ones, it is still important to double-check with your county when adopting a cat.
Also, if you rent your home or if you live in a Homeowner’s Association, your HOA or your landlord can require you to have your cat vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, too. Always check with anyone you rent from and any HOA you may have to find out for sure.
Cat Vaccinations Have Many Benefits for Your Pet
Based on this information, you should have a better idea of why your cat needs vaccinations for several types of feline illnesses and conditions. Although indoor-only cats may not need the same number of vaccinations as those that spend time outside, all cats need to be vaccinated against at least the minimum conditions.
Talk to your Kryder + Harr Veterinary Clinic vet by calling (574) 277-6533 for more information about your cat’s vaccination requirements. Your vet can also help you understand any risks and concerns relating to your cat’s specific, individual health, and can help you make the right decision regarding your pet’s wellness too.
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