Originally Posted by HappilyRetired
When I adopted my little girl 20 years ago, they gave her a combination of 3 shots each time, and she was always ill for about 24 hours after--sometimes vomiting, but always extremely lethargic. I suspected that the 3 shots at once was too much for her, but I thought that bringing her in for the shots separately would be very stressful for her as well.
It wasn't until I moved here and found my current vet who, when I mentioned this, told me that since she was completely indoors and never around other cats, she only needed the rabies shot. From then on, no problems. I was so annoyed that I didn't find out about this sooner. In trying to do the best for her, I caused her such discomfort.
My cat is an indoor cat as well, so the Vet said I should get the distemper shot and the rabies shot. I didn't want to take her repeatedly to the Vet either, because she really is terrified of the whole ordeal - however, if had read posts on it beforehand, I would've suggested her getting only one shot, which is what my Vet suggested for next time, once I told her about my cat vomiting.
My cat is more timid of me now, and she was supposed to get a dental cleaning this month - but now she is having an attack of allergies (sneezing) so I might be cautious to wait until she is better. Every vet visit I have to take her on, I wish I could be given some pain medication as well!