|Originally posted by Aquarius
If your cat is indoor only, you have a better chance of getting rabies than he/she does. I only do it because it is required by law. In my state it is required yearly. I'm not going to do the distemper or leukemia shots, though. I don't think an indoor cat really needs it.
You go outside every day, and when was the last time you had a vaccine? Probably when you were a kid, unless you get flu shots (which I don't get, and am still alive). And especially if you never left your house, would you bother?
Many vets are starting to believe that these shots last a lot longer than previously thought. When a human gets a rabies vaccine, it is thought to be good for almost a lifetime (and for us, that is a lot longer!) Many times, titers can be found in the bloodstream 50 years later.
So, I guess I would do what the law requires as far as rabies. If you ever had guests over and your cat bit them for some reason, then you would be covered.
Well, distemper is one of these diseases you really don't want your cats to catch. The virus can stay alive outside the cat (in the enviroment) for years, meaning we humans can drag the virus into the house with our shoes, hands and clothes if we are unlucky. So distemper is one of the vaccinations I make sure every cat in my household have. That and the cat flu.
FIV, FIP and FeLV however I don't bother with. FIV and FeLV might however be a good idea to vaccinate outdoor cats with.
But a titre test can be a good alternative if one doesn't want to overvaccinate.
Indoor cats doesn't develop as good immune defense as outdoor cats since they don't encounter the same amount of bacterials as the cats that spends time outdoors therefor they are more susceptible for viruses.