What breed of cats are good lap cats. I live in New York and I tried to adopt a cat from Connnecticut. What are the laws about gettting shots for your cat for these two states? I wanted to adopt a cat and they said they wouldn't because I didn't take her to the vet every year. She was an indoor cat and had never been sick. Basically, the place that I wanted to adopt the cat from said they wouldn't adopt to me. I loved my cat so much and the adoption specialist made me feel like I could've done something to save my cat and it was my fault. My cat was at least 15 years old and it was her time to go. I misss her very much and am not treying to replace her. I just want a cat that is similar to her because I know she was a lap cat and I know what Kind of moods these cats get in. Anyway, any advice would be helpful. I just feel bad because the cat I wanted is still in the shelter and probably won't get adopted for a long time if at all. Anyway, I'm looking for advice about how to adopt another Himalayan cat.
The only vaccine that is required by law in every state is rabies. Even an indoor cat must get a rabies shot. Even if your cat does not go outside, if it bites someone and isn't vaccinated against rabies your in for a world of a mess.
As far as the feline distemper combo vaccine and the leukemia vaccines go, they are not regulated by a law. Rather, guidelines as to how frequently they are given are provided for veterinarians by the AVMA. Many people, including myself, do not believe in yearly vaccinations, especially for indoor only cats. The AVMA is also changing their guidelines from yearly to every 3 years depending on individual needs of an individual animal.
If a rescue only adopts to people whose animals have recieved annual vaccines, then they wouldn't adopt to me either. I have been fortunate enough to deal with rescues so far that are leaning more towards the new thoughts on vaccinations. My animals are not neglected as far as veterinary care goes, they just don't get over vaccinated.
Some veterinarians still continue to give annual vaccines as a way of getting people through the door. Most people who do not do the yearly vaccines tend to let their veterinary checkups for their pets lapse. My tendency is to believe that the only reason the rescue wouldn't adopt to you is based on the vaccine issue is not entirely true. My guess is that your cat didn't get regular checkups and that concerned the rescue more than the not vaccinated issue. I tend not to even go to the dr. myself unless I have a problem and a lot of people are that way with their pets as well. It's not necessarily a terrible way to do things, but in a rescue person's eyes it can be.
If you are set on getting another Himilayan then I would continue to contact breed specific rescues of Himilayans until you come across one that shares your view on veterinary care. 15 years ole is a pretty good age for a cat to live. It shows you did something right with her care so I am not sure if there may be more to why they wouldn't allow you to adopt then they were forthcoming with.
Maine Coon cats also have great laid back personalities so you may want to research them as well. Good luck !
Thank you so uch for your information. I just feel bad that I couldn't get that cat because she would have been my baby. I never took my cat to the vet because she was an indoor cat. I would have certainly taken her if I knew that she was supposed to get a rabies shot every year. I loved my cat so much. She was like my daughter. I looked all about the shots online and found that there are loads of people who don't get there cats vaccinated because they're indoor cats. The woman from the shelter just didn't need to be a jerk to me. I haven't called there but have been thinking about it and the way she talked to me was not appropriate. What do you think? I would still like to adopt from them but I don't know how much clout that woman has. Anyway, thanks for writing me back. I hope you're having a good holiday season. Hope to hear back from you again.