|Originally posted by Simon's Mommy
So you do not think he should have FeLV vaccine either? Why may I ask do you not give this to your cats? I have been reading about the FIP vaccine and do not think I am going to get it now. So you also think he should not have the FeLV vaccine? Are there risks like him getting the virus with this vaccine too?
The main risk with FeLV is whether the vaccine contains live or dead culture of the disease. The purpose of a vaccine is to trigger the immune system to create antibodies against it, thus creating a resistance and immunity to the disease. Using the live culture there is a slight chance the cat will actually become infected with the disease if it's immune system cannot create the antibodies to combat it. Kind of a Catch-22 situation. There have been vast improvements in vaccines over the last several years, but my experience has been you will find few breeders who vaccinate regularly for these two problems. It is not a cost thing, certainly not for us as either one of these diseases can wipe out a cattery, but rather a decision based on education of the diseases, how they are transmitted and the effectiveness of the vaccine, as well as the conditions we use to control our cats and cattery. The bottom line is how you feel about this. These are your cats, your house and your beliefs. We, as breeders, are offering our opinion based on our experience and what we have found works for us; you must make the final decision and I hope you will make it based on your own research rather than feel you are being pushed in one direction or another by one of us. Regardless of your decision you must believe what you are doing is in the best interests of your cats and stick to that decision.