Many people know their cat should have vaccinations. Vaccinations can increase the length of your cats life and prevent diseases from spreading. What kind of vaccinations to get for your cat or kitten will depend on other factors such as whether they are indoor or outdoor, if they have any prexsisting conditions, location, if they have or will be staying in a kennel or if they will be traveling.
Vaccinations fall into two categories, core vaccinations or non-core vaccinations. The difference between core vaccinations and non-core vaccinations are that core vaccinations are recommened, and in some locations required for your cat or kitten. Non-core vaccination are like an elective. You do not have to have them, but they can prevent other health related issues from occuring.
Rabies is one of the most common vaccinations and recommended for both dogs and cats after a certain age. FVR, which means feline viral rhinotracheitis, is a infection the begins in the respiratory infection in cats and kittens. FVR is also referred to as feline influenza. This type of disease is cause by FHV 1 which is a feline herpesvirus. It is both contagious and is known to result in death in cats and kittens. Feline calicivirus, FCV, is also an infection that takes place in the lungs of cats. One of the most contagious diseases amount cats is FPV, the reline panleukopenia virus. All of these diseases are categorized as core vaccinations. Most rabies shots are comined in vaccinations to prevent all of these diseases.
Non-core vaccines are usually used when the animal is traveling, outdoors, or while be boarding or in a kennel. The chlamydophila felis vaccine is usually given when the cat will be in an enviroment of mulitple cats. Feline leukemia virus is another easily spread disease that has a vaccine available. Feline leukemia can be spread by saliva or nasal fluding. One of the most common ways feline leukemia is spread is from eating or drinking from the same bowl.
All vaccines are recommended when the cat or kitten is of age for that certain vaccine. However, the only two not recommended unless neccessary are feline infectious peritonitis and giardia lamblia vaccines. These vaccines are usually used to treat or cure a condition, not to prevent it because it can cause adverse reactions. Most vaccinations are done by injections by a needle under the skin.
Animal Hospital San Jose can help you find what vaccine would be best for your cat or kitten. It is best to continue going to just one veterinarian for vaccines and any medical work so that they can help you keep up with their vaccines. Vaccines should be updated to keep your pets health at best.