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Vacs - how often for indoor cats?

Shamrock
April 28th, 2005, 02:28 PM
How often do you reccommend booster vaccinations for indoor adult cats that have had the complete set -up to AND including that all-important first year?

Some research suggests that annual vacs for adult indoor-only cats arent necessary,the protection now believed to stay in their system much longer than originally thought. There is some concern there may even be a risk factor associated with the injection site.

My cats are now five four and three. Though my vet still reccomends annual boosters, and they have all just been done, I am thinking now that I may switch to every other year for all of them.
I have no problem taking them in for a annual checkup, but if this visit doesnt "require" an injection - then I would prefer not to.

I wondered what you did with respect to your cats, and what schedule your vet advises?

Copper'sMom
April 28th, 2005, 02:47 PM
My cats get vaccines every year. They go outdoors though. But if I had indoor cats and NO dogs and never had other animals coming into my home, I may only vaccinate them every other year or every two years. But it depends also on how much contact I would have with other people's pets. I heard that the rabies vaccine can last up to 2 or 3 years but not so sure about the other vaccines.

LL1
April 28th, 2005, 03:08 PM
My cats do not go outside,and I do not give them vaxx other than what is required by law.My vet is in full agreement.I am very worried about the dangers of over vaccinating.

MIA
April 28th, 2005, 03:41 PM
I don't vaccinate over age of 3 anymore and I wouldn't do an indoor cat, but that's me!

Trinitie
April 28th, 2005, 03:48 PM
Even though it's an indoor cat, it need some sort of protection, as germs can be carried in by humans, putting the animals at risk.

I would think that every other year should be acceptable, but I wouldn't cut them out entirely.

Lucky Rescue
April 28th, 2005, 05:30 PM
Some research suggests that annual vacs for adult indoor-only cats arent necessary,the protection now believed to stay in their system much longer than originally thought. There is some concern there may even be a risk factor associated with the injection site.

I personally do not believe in annual vaccinations for indoor cats. I think the push for annual vax may be related to the fact that this is a huge source of income.

Cats are not overly tolerent of chemicals and yes there is a risk of injection site sarcomas in cats. The risk doesn't appear to be large, but in this particular subject, I think the risk outweighs the benefits.

Safyre
April 28th, 2005, 09:29 PM
My cats get annual vaccinations. I'm not sure how to explain, words are failing me tonight, but he does not give a full set of vaccines every year, he does part of the vaccine on year, another part the next year, then the first part again
blah, sorry if i can't explain well tonight.

Natasa
April 28th, 2005, 10:37 PM
I donít believe animals need vaccines every year, especially indoor only animals. None of my animals are vaccinated every year. In fact, none of them have had any vaccine except their puppy / kitten ones. After doing a lot of research on the subject, Iíve realized they are not only unnecessary, but can be harmful.
My dogs get their titers done every couple of years or so, and that is just for my piece of mind.