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Do Indoor Cats Need Vaccines?

cat-vaccinesMany cat owners ask, “Are vaccines still necessary if my cat never goes outside?”  The answer is yes, but not as many as would be necessary for a cat that spends a significant amount of time in the great outdoors.

Indoor cats should always be vaccinated against rabies.  Rabid animals like bats have been known to get inside of houses where they can stimulate a cat’s drive to hunt, potentially leading to infection.  Because rabies is a fatal disease and infected pets put their owners and other people at risk, every cat should be vaccinated against the disease even if the risk of infection is low.

Indoor cats also benefit from the vaccine that typically goes by the acronym FVRCP, which stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus and Panleukopenia.  These three diseases are potentially very serious and can be costly because they require veterinary care and pet medications to fight infection. These diseases can easily come into your home on your hands, clothes, or shoes.

The most important reason to vaccinate indoor cats is that you never know when circumstances might change.  Cats can escape from the home or may need to be boarded at a moment’s notice if an emergency arises.  It’s better to be prepared by keeping all cat vaccinations current in order to prevent infection should the unforeseen occur.

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