I live in NC and it is mandatory to get your pets a rabies shot or they fine you $50 every time they come check and your pets don't have one yet.If your cat ever got out and got in a fight with another animal or cat that had rabies your cat would get it.You may should only keep one pet to make your vet bills affordable.Or maybe you can find a vet that is cheaper?
I totally agree with you, it sucks to have to pay for vet bills on shots when we have an indoor cat. I see it as pointless and I hate bringing my kitty for her shots lol. But I do know she will eventually need them, so yeah. I dunno. Try to find a cheaper vet, or just wait awhile to get the shots for the cat.
Most vets have started giving rabies and combo shots every three years. In most states it is a law that your pets need at least a rabies shot. Maybe you should look for another vet if yours is too expensive.
You can bring in diseases on your shoes. Remember hearing about Parvo with puppies? You could carry it in on your shoes. There is a disease called panleukepenia that is similiar for cats. It can kill a kitten within hours and an adult cat in less than 24 hrs if not vacinated. I love my kitties too much, I don't take any chances.
I asked the same question and a friend who used to work for a vet and then my kitty's breeder made me see the light. It's especially important to get the rabies shot. There is always a chance (no matter how small the chance is) that a bat or a mouse with rabies will get into your house and if your kitty gets bitten, there is no cure. And you never know when a cat wil dart out a door that's open even for a moment. Do you really want to take that chance? My whole vet visit including the rabies shot was about $90 but it's so much better than losing my babies to something I can prevent. My issue wasn't even the cost, I just thought they didn't need to go through all that. But now I know that it's the right thing to do for them.
Not everyone has a lot of money, that does not mean you can't have pets and still take good care of them. There are a lot of snobs on this site "maybe you shouldn't have so many pets" it's rude. People want help... not so much criticism.
There are alternatives... If the vet bill is too high from shots alone, you could take your pets to the shot clinics in your area. In my experience they are held every couple of months at the larger pet stores, call around, ask questions. This way your pets get their shots at a very reasonable cost and you skip all those high vet bills (unless there is a problem with your pet):o)
And if that's still to expensive, you could purchase the shots and give them to your pets yourself. Our local pet store sells them along with the needles and will tell you just how and when to give them. I hope this helps.
You need to check with your state laws. I know in pa. Rabies is the only shot required by law. Your state can also tell you how long a rabies shot will last. In md and pa, the show lasts 3yrs. Everything else for dogs, I give my self, and on my older pets I dont do much at all. You can buy shots through mags like foster and smith, I can also get them at the tractor supply store. It saves me money since most of them are only like $5-$6 versus the vets $20-$30. Hopefully that will help your money situation.