Originally Posted by mrsd
Hey. My cat, which gave birth five days ago, is scratching at our back door, wanting out these last few days. (She came in and out while pregnant.) I know she can get pregnant again, so we're making her stay inside. But I'd like to take her outside at some point to get fresh air. What kind of harness would you all recommend? I read that a harness is better than a collar, and I want to get one that works! I looked at Wal-Mart over the weekend, but they only had products for dogs. I haven't been to PetSmart yet.
Also, she's had these vaccines: Rabies, Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Caliclvirus. How long do these vaccines last? Are they repeated once a year or more frequently? And if she became pregnant by a feral cat, will these vaccines have provided her immunity from any diseases he may have had?
As the others have said under no circumstances allow her out.
Not only can she be mated again but she can also pick up any parasites, bacterial infections or even viral infections that can not only make her ill be given to the kittens.
As far as vacinations go the whole scenario has changed now and many vets are now practising a vacine regime which is safer for the cat .
Most of the vacines with the exception of the Rabies which has to be done by law in many places only requires a booster once every three years.
The vets have finally realised that they were over vacinating as per manufacturers instructions and this has caused many a health issue for cats. Now that they have proven it they have worked out a far safer vacination regime for the cat.
The three you stated Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Caliclvirus are the three most common done. There are other vacines available but not all are believed to be efficient and over vacinate is as dangerous as under vacinate.
I would check with your vet also as to what plan they are now using and at what age the new kittens ought to be vacinated, as ,many are making it later to be sure that it dos not conflict with the antibodies that the kitten has from the mother and render the vacine ineffective.
Vaccines of any type are not a guarantee the cat cannot get the illness but they are a guarantee if it does get it it will not be as virulent as what an unvacinated cat can get.