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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Yes, I'm coming up with a lot of questions lately. Keeping my mind off contractions and trying to send myself into labor

Does anybody here selectively vaccinate, and if so, why? I was noticing that some *dog* breeders choose to selectively vaccinate, and we'll be doing so for our child when s/he is born, but I'm wondering if there is any practical reason to do it with cats? I understand humans and dogs, but as yet I've not seen a single feline vaccine that I don't view as necessary in accordance with personal experience and the experience of friends and family.

I'm curious as to what the rest of you think. We have boosters coming up in Jan.
post #2 of 12
I will be ... one my vet only recommend s the kitty/ puppy shots... and trys not to vaccinate animals over ten at all.... I will give Zoey a rabies and discuss whether or not to do the three in one
post #3 of 12
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Is that just based on vet recommendation, or some kind of research that I've not been following due to not knowing what I'm looking for? I've been happy in the past to stick purely with rabies following a vet recommendation when I lived in the UK, but I'm beginning to wonder now, based on where I live and the tendency for city cats to contract certain diseases.
post #4 of 12
I don't vaccinate my senior kitty Odo, nor did I vaccinate Spot. Odo had vaccines done just prior to adoption, and I don't see any reason to do them again--he's indoor only with very limited exposure to other cats (only exposed to ones that have been tested). Willow received regular vaccines, but we switched to the every third year protocol and eliminated the feline leukemia vaccine after I adopted Odo. I won't give the FIV vaccine ever, since it results in positive ELISA tests. The FIP vaccine has low efficacy, so I don't bother with that one either. I haven't decided how often to vaccinate Zek (also indoor only). He's only 2 years, so he may get additional vaccines in the future, but only every three years (he also had them done just prior to adoption). No sick cat should get vaccines as their immune systems are already busy.
post #5 of 12
My vet currently recommends the upper respiratory vaccinations every three years for cats over about age 5 as long as they are not exposed to unvaccinated cats. For cats under age 5 he still likes to give yearly vacs. Rabies vaccinations are not required in Hawaii. This is a rabies free state due to strict vaccination and quarantine requirements for animals entering the state.
post #6 of 12
The UK doesn't do rabies shots as we don't have it over here as you know. As my cats are indor only now, their kitten shots will do, then I may get them done again if any ther cat were to join my family, or every three years, whichever is sooner.
post #7 of 12
If you and your vet don't do this already, I suggest you follow the American Association of Feline Practitioners Vaccination guidelines...

http://www.aafponline.org/resources/...ines_JAVMA.pdf
post #8 of 12
I do the kitten and the first annual vaccination and thats it, unless they are currently being shown.
post #9 of 12
Forgot to add what vaccinations I do. I only do Panleukopenia (FPV), Rhinotracheitis (FVR), Calicivirus (FCV), and currenlty Chlamydia (but will be talking with the vet to not do this one anymore). I also do rabies on the show cats that travel out of state.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by kitytize View Post
Forgot to add what vaccinations I do. I only do Panleukopenia (FPV), Rhinotracheitis (FVR), Calicivirus (FCV), and currenlty Chlamydia (but will be talking with the vet to not do this one anymore). I also do rabies on the show cats that travel out of state.
Does your vet get individual antigen vaccines? The only panleuk/calicivirus vaccine I've ever seen was a 4-way combo with all four of those together. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, I'm just not familiar with it.
post #11 of 12
I did the research after being here and talking with my current vet ... WE OVER vaccinate and it is causing some issues.. Luckily I live in a state that does NOT madate any shots for cats and only rabies for dogs so I am not breaking any laws
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Misskiwi67 View Post
Does your vet get individual antigen vaccines? The only panleuk/calicivirus vaccine I've ever seen was a 4-way combo with all four of those together. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, I'm just not familiar with it.
I am not sure if you can get them all separate but I do know there is a 3way with just these ones - Panleukopenia (FPV), Rhinotracheitis (FVR), Calicivirus (FCV).
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