I think that instead of trying to decide if we should or shouldnt vaccinate out cats we should take all that thought and put it into researching HOW to vaccinate our cats.
If you vaccinate safely and smartly than chances are you will not run into a problem. I have worked at a vaccine clinic for over 4 years and we have had cats die in our other regions that were simply given too many vaccines. If you follow these basic guidelines you can be more at ease w/vaccinating and not run into any problems w/the law or neighbors.
1. NEVER give more than one vaccine per time. They can be separated as little as 3-4 days or as long as 2-4 weeks.
2. ALWAYS give vaccines in the shoulder or hind leg. If your cat does end up getting a sarcoma (which ARE NOT only from vaccines) than the limb can easily be amputated and your cat will go on to live a happy healthy life.
3. NEVER leave your cat alone after they receive vaccines. Most vaccine reactions happen w/in the first 20-45 minutes, but some can happen even after that. The ones that happen right away are usually the most severe and yes can lead to death, but QUICK action can help your kitty. Also learn the difference between normal vaccine reactions and harmful vaccine reactions.
Normal Vaccine Reactions: Cranky, slight fever, lethargic, no interest in food, water or playing, may be a bit sore for 24-48 hours, hide and not want to come out. As long as you heck on your kitty just let them sleep and get through it. Most people who have children know these symptoms all too well!
Adverse Vaccine Reactions: Excessive vomitting and/or diarreah, seizures, facial swelling, limp.
4. If your cat has had a vaccine reaction to a particular vaccine DO NOT give it again.
5. If you are really truely worried you can pre-medicate your cat with Childrens Benadryl Allergy 15-30 minutes before the vaccine is given or have the vet give injectable Benadry at the office the same time the vaccine is given.
***If your cat is pre-medicated it will be very sleepy for the rest of the day which is a normal side effect to the medicine***
Teresa is every bit right, our cats lives are too precious to risk. We wouldnt dare not think to vaccine our children for Polio or Mumps, and the risks of them catching it are slim.
Here are two GREAT links to groups of people who are trying to get the word out on how to safely vaccinate our cats and educate the public about Sarcomas and vaccine reactions. They will also send you breeder packets to hand out to kitten buyers!http://catshots.com