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post #31 of 43
While my vet has sent reminders regarding my cats' vaccines in the past, I do not feel that my two senior indoor only cats require any more vaccines. Odo is definitely done. We believe he is about 15 years old, and he had a round of them at the shelter last year. He won't need any more of them. Willow may have one more in her life--the one for the upper respiratory viruses--only because she may be exposed in the future to a shelter cat or an infected cat at the vet's office. But she's been up-to-date on her vaccines until this past year, and I feel she has enough immunity to last her for the rest of her life. If there is ever a question about her immunity levels, I'll look into titer testing.
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by alice_curiouser View Post
No, because I believe the risks from going to vet, as well as the vaccines themselves, are higher than the diseases. I would never get the F-leuk vax - nthat thing scares the heck outta me. I'm pretty anti-vaccine on whole; my kids only get the vaccinations that are legally required to attend school.
I don't know about not taking the kitties to the vet... Our girls get their shots from the shelter when they need them, but they'll all be getting yearly checkups forever from the vet just to make sure there's nothing happening with them that I've missed or can't check myself.

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Originally Posted by Roxie225 View Post
In New York Rabies is required but the woman we adopted Roxie from told us specifically not to worry and not to give her that vaccine. Our vet tried to talk us into it but we kindly refused despite his speech about how any of our visitors can now sue us if our cat bites them and they contract rabies... I re-emailed the woman who runs the organization and she reaffirmed what she told me before, that Roxie didn't need it and not to worry.
I would still make sure the kitties rabies vaccination is up to date. If your kitty does bite someone (even if it's minor), and the person has to go to the doctor because it gets infected (which often happens), they generally have to tell the doctor what happened and which cat it was (certainly around here anyway). The doctor calls animal control, and they check that the rabies vaccination is up to date, and if it's not, the kitty gets quarantined for months I believe at the owners cost (I recall someone a little while back went through this with their cat). Odds of this happening are slim, but gee I'd rather have a rabies vax every 3 years than have this happen...
post #33 of 43
Mine get boosters for Cat FLu and Enteritis yearly purely cos I foster - they dont get vacc'd against FeLV though, as they were both adopted at the age of 13, we know they have had outdoor access, potentially unvacc'd, so I Think they have a natural immunity by now.
post #34 of 43
Mine get the FVRCP yearly for the time being. I might consider spacing the frequency out on that one, but I do think it is an important one as that covers things they can easily catch through the air, or things I can carry in from handling other cats.

I wouldn't vaccinate an indoor cat for FeLV, and my vet agrees.

She doesn't give the FIP vaccine at all, last I checked. From what my vet said and I've read, the safety of that one is questionable at best. Things may have changed, I haven't read up on that lately.

Rabies is required here, but there's no registration required like there is for dogs.
post #35 of 43
Jen-
wow, you do your own vet stuff?? I think thats great. Kinda have to these days.
Familytimes- I just love your gorgeous himmy.
I think that with indoor animals they have gone bonkers with the rabies shots. I want to switch to a holistic vet & be done with that vaccination stuff. And its true, you can buy vaccines too, so how can they say you have'nt vaccinated/?
post #36 of 43
MY 2 cats are both totally indoor cats. I have been taking them yearly to get vaccinations and teeth cleaned. The vet won'd do that unless they have vaccines.

Tell me, do you think they need Prevention for heartworms if they never go out?

How do you do all the testing for fecal stuff without the things to test?
post #37 of 43
I got my cats all their vaccines religiously every year for a long time, but as they've gotten older and have all three developed chronic health problems I've stopped giving them.
post #38 of 43
How old are they, and when did you stop giving the vaccines?

What made you stop?

What do you do when they get sick? Will a vet see them if they have not been vaccinated?

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Originally Posted by DebsKats View Post
I got my cats all their vaccines religiously every year for a long time, but as they've gotten older and have all three developed chronic health problems I've stopped giving them.
post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by batgirl2good View Post
What do you do when they get sick? Will a vet see them if they have not been vaccinated?
I don't get my cats vaccinated every year, and my vet sees them. She just said that if we ever need to board them, we will need to get them done.
post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by batgirl2good View Post
How old are they, and when did you stop giving the vaccines?

What made you stop?

What do you do when they get sick? Will a vet see them if they have not been vaccinated?
Chloe is 17, Katy is 14 and Bailey is 9. I stopped getting them because so much of what I was reading said that after a certain point they'll have built up all the immunity they're ever going to. I've discussed this with several vets and they've all said that there has been a lot of discussion about the frequency of vaccines over the past several years. Chloe has HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) and IBD, Katy had hyperthyroidism (treated) and has HCM, asthma, IBD and chronic pancreatitis, and Bailey has IBD, and I just don't think their little immune systems need to be stressed any more.

I will say that I recently had a discussion with my vet about Bailey. He gets fairly frequent URIs, and since it's been quite a while since he's gotten his vaccines, it might be a good idea to get that one just to boost his immune system. I guess I'll decide that when the time comes.

They all 3 go to the vet frequently . . . I can't begin to tell you how much . . . and Katy and Bailey have had to be hospitalized for several days, both at their regular vet's and at Iowa State, and no one has ever questioned their vaccination status. If I ever had to board them and I absolutely had to get their vaccines, then I'd do it, but I have a pet sitter that I use when I'm out of town so I've never had to make that decision.
post #41 of 43
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Originally Posted by luxum View Post
My cats are both indoor only and i feel that the risks of them somehow being exposed to something are much lower than the risk of cancer posed by the vaccine itself.
I agree 100%. My indoor kitty hasn't had any since she was 6 months old. The damage they can do is much higher than not giving them at all to my indoor kitty. My holistic vet agrees (and even two traditional vets have as well).
I do limited vaccinations with my dogs as well, since one of mine had a horrible vaccination reaction. I have learned a lot since then.
post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by batgirl2good View Post

Tell me, do you think they need Prevention for heartworms if they never go out?
No, the prevention pills are small doses of poison. I would not give that to my kitty unless the heartworm risk was very high and the cat was outdoors. Inside kitties should not be overloaded with heartworm poison ever IMO.
I live in the South, growing up we never gave heartworm and our dogs lived to a long healthy age, so did the outdoor cats.
I never give my indoor kitty the heartworm crap, but I do give it to my dogs on a very limited basis and run a blood test each year (which is always clear)
post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by empire View Post
Jen-
wow, you do your own vet stuff?? I think thats great. Kinda have to these days.
Familytimes- I just love your gorgeous himmy.
I think that with indoor animals they have gone bonkers with the rabies shots. I want to switch to a holistic vet & be done with that vaccination stuff. And its true, you can buy vaccines too, so how can they say you have'nt vaccinated/?
Thank you for the compliment, but he is a 7 year old purebred Seal Mitted with blaze. Himmy's don't have white, but are still a pointed breed, but a persian can be with or without white, just not pointed.
His name is Toulouse and he is very much a loved aristocat.
Purrs,
Stormi
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