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Vaccinations for cats

Kelly_ann1980
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!!

Prin
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?

Kelly_ann1980
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.

badger
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.