i have an indoor kitty, shes 4. i take her for shots every year, but i am wondering if its necessary. my mom has 3 indoor cats that only go to the vet when they are sick and they are all over 15 yrs old and fine. just wondering if rabies and feline lukemia and whatever else they get is necessary when she spends her whole like sleeping in my underwear drawer.
Rabies should be done by law, but most do not with indoor kitties. Nor yearly vaccines once they are over a year of age and their kitten vaccines are boostered. Why would she need luk when she is indoors? It is a body fluid contact disease.
I don't vaccinate my kitties yearly and I will not. I keep all new rescued quarenteed for a month and have their luk/aids done before they get to my house. We over vaccinate our pets as is. I also don't yearly booster my dogs past adulthood.
I have 3 indoor cats and I do not vaccinate them. They're old enough where their immune system are strong. I don't even do rabies even though it's law. Too many Vaccinations when not necessary can also be harmful.
I have a 12 yr old cat that I haven't vaccinated and she's going strong. Probably because she hasn't been pumped full of vaccines.
strictly indoor cats should not be vaccinated after they are 2 years old. rabies should always be given no matter what. once they hit a certain age or come down with sicknesses you can have your vet write a letter to your town telling them it would be inadvisable to continue vaccinating for rabies. the town will accept that and waive the rabies shot for your cat(s).
no wendy i wasn't being sarcastic. it is the truth. after a certain age, and that may vary town to town or state, or if they have a chronic disease where vaccinating them is not a good idea the town will wiave the shot when its time for licensing. for both cats and dogs. though many towns do not license cats.
i would never not give a rabies shot to an animal. god forbid it bites someone. your talking quarantine of the animal for at least 6 months, and thats if the person who got bit is not a scrooge, otherwise its off with their head. better just to vaccinate them unless they are too old or sick.
Vaccinating just in case is unhealthy. The cat has already been vaccinated, so she has enough titers to last her the rest of her life. If anyone is worried, just have a titer run on her, and poof, all fixed up.
sorry, eskie i have nothing to add except that this made me laugh out loud: "just wondering if rabies and feline lukemia and whatever else they get is necessary when she spends her whole like sleeping in my underwear drawer."
Vaccinating an indoor kitty, is up to you. If you can promise that the cat wont get outdoors and if its an only cat in the household, I would reccomend having them tested for FIV/FELV periodically, and only have them rabies vaccinated as state or town protocol reccomends. I my self don't have my kitty vaccinated. Except for rabies, just in case.
Sounds like my kitty. Lays around doing nothing all day. Wouldn't chase a mouse if her life depended on it. As long as your cat does not go outside and nothing comes in, then you shouldn't have to worry about shots.
My cat is about 5 years old and I haven't gotten her shots since her "kitty" shots. One reason is now that she is older, I think she would freak out. I had a cat before that would lose her bladder and bowel when I put her in the car. I'm afraid Missy might do the same. However, I am concerned that I should be getting rabies shot for her because she will bite from time to time and we have a lot of kids in and out of my house. Do you think the vet can give me something to give her that will calm her down before I take her for a yearly rabies shot?
My cat hasn't had shots in like 12 years, she's 13 1/2 now. She's the only cat thats in the house, and when I let her out, I watch her constantly, and she doesn't stray past a certain line. She's a wimp. ha...She does chase mice, though....Do they really carry rabies? If so, I didn't know that! whoooops!