I have a six year old cat and lately he has been wanting to spend more time outdoors. I guess the weather has been so nice that he goes out during the day only. There are not very many other cats around mostly dogs here, but I was concerned becasue he has not had a vaccination for about two years. He is current on his rabies though. Should I take him to get a booster, or do you think he will be ok becasue he is an older cat who got all his shots as a kitten and yearly up untill the age of four? I didn't think they were necessary because he spends most of his time indoors and he is already 6.5 years old.What do you think?
Any cat that spends time outdoors needs to be up to date on vaccinations IMHO. Not only that, if he is outside, you will basically have to get him checked and or vaccinated for Feline Lukemia every single year. Contact with just one cat could transmit the disease to your cat, so why risk it.
He is an older cat and does that make him less likely to contract any of the feline diseases? Couldn't he have already developed enough immunity towards these diseases? I am just curious becasue I wouldn't want to give him a vaccination that was unnecessary. I have been reading about alot of cats that may have developed cancer because of to many vaccinations. Can cats have titers?
any animal can have a titer, I believe. Don't quote me on that.... While he can gain resistance to some things just by being older, resistance isn't immunity. Feline Distemper and FIV in particular come to mind as deadly diseases that older cats can get. And when you take into affect that *many* small animals that your cat may come into contact with can give your cat the disease, including raccoons, as I said before, why risk it. 6.5 years old in a cat isn't that old, honestly. Cats on average live longer than most dogs, it's not unusual for cats to live 15+ years. I woudln't even classify a 6 year old cat as middle aged, honestly.
Minniyar, I didn't know that about raccoons. Thanks for clearing up resistance and immunity.I think I will search the web for topics on immunity in cats. Thanks for the advice! Can rodents transmit the disease?
As a child I owned a cat that was out doors all of the time. It ate a rat that had be poisoned and died. I don't suggest letting pets roam unless they are barn cats. (we owned a few of those, too) You really should have the cat immunized regardless for if it goes out or not. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vet bills can be pretty hefty for the diseases that can be prevented simply by immunizing.
also if he is a hunter you may want to have a stool sample checked about every 6 months for intestinal parasites. they can pick up worms from eating rodents. also flea and tick prevetion is a good idea. he can get tapeworms from ingesting fleas and though you don't see it as often cats can get lyme disease from ticks just like dogs can.