Ever since March 2020, the word “vaccine” has surged to prominence when a single strain of virus brought the world to a halt. Fortunately, multiple forms of vaccines have been made and administered, in hopes of boosting our immune systems to combat the virus, and have proven to be effective. This shows how important vaccinations are, and we can extend this to our furry members of the household.
What is a cat vaccination?
Like human vaccines, they help protect your cats from contracting and spreading preventable diseases.
When to vaccinate cats / kittens?
In fact, it would be best to start doing so from as young as 3 weeks old. Of course, this is all dependent on your local vet, but vaccinating your cats from a young age is always a wise idea.
Once you’ve decided to change your kitten’s for the better, do take note of your kitten’s age beforehand. If your kitten is less than 6 months’ old, 3 doses are required for the first year, with an interval of one month each. Once this is completed, only 1 dose per year is required for the subsequent years. If your kitten is more than 6 months’ old, however, only 2 doses are required for the first year, with an interval of one month in between. The subsequent years will only be followed by 1 dose per year.
What should you take note of when vaccinating kittens/adult cats?
We’ve already covered when one should vaccinate kittens, let’s get down to the types of cat vaccinations you need to know! There are two categories of vaccines, which are core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are mandatory for all pets of any lifestyle, as they protect them from the threat of severe and fatal diseases worldwide, whereas non-core vaccines depend on your geographical location and your cat’s lifestyle.
Those were the core vaccines, now let’s move onto the non-core vaccines.
In short, are cat vaccinations really necessary?
Yes, absolutely. Getting vaccinated is always optional, but it is necessary to a better quality of life for your cat. A vaccinated cat will enjoy the privileges that an unvaccinated cat would be denied from. We understand your concern for the possibility of your cat suffering any adverse side effects from being vaccinated, but rest assured, it is typically minimal and most pets live happier and healthier lives instead. At best, your cat may suffer lethargy or mild fever, and at worst, an autoimmune disorder. Nonetheless, this is rare and most cats reap the benefits of being vaccinated.
Kitty’s Care has helped more than 14,700 pet owners and 108,000 pets in Selangor and Klang Valley in terms of pet care and treatment. For more about feline vaccination or preventative treatment, please feel free to visit our faqs. It goes a long way if we can consistently look out for the slightest sign that your cats or kittens show and give them the prompt care they need. Good luck!