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Vaccinations for cats

June 21st, 2006, 11:36 PM
All my cats had their vaccinations when they were kittens but none of them have been update on their shots for a couple of years now. I was told before that every cats should have their Rabies shot even if they are inside cats. I do volunteer in the shelter couple times a week. My Joey has caught URI a few times and he isn't a strong cat to begin with. What do you guys think? Do you guys recommend getting vaccination every year. They are being expose to germs every time I come home from the shelter. Please let me know. Thanks!!

June 22nd, 2006, 09:48 AM
I don't know if I would recommend it every year for an indoor cat... Is he neutered? What are the chances of him getting out or coming into contact with infected animals?

June 22nd, 2006, 10:18 AM
Yes all my cats are neutered and spayed!! I volunteer at the Humane Society couple times a week and I know I'm bringing lots of germs from shelter. I try to change my clothes everytime and wash my hands.

June 22nd, 2006, 11:01 AM
You know, I would talk to the people at the shelter or your vet, about the chance of your transmitting a bug to your animals (and vice versa). It's a good question.
Some of us here think that yearly vaccinations for indoor cats are not only not necessary, but potentially harmful. There's something called a titer test that will tell you if they still have antibodies, in which case a re-vaccination is presumably not yet needed (hope I'm getting this right).
Keep washing your hands, that takes care of a huge part of whatever risk there might be right there.