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PLEASE Help! Tiki got shots yesterday and now is acting very strange!

post #1 of 14
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Tiki is 4 months old and has had his first two sets of shots previously with the woman we bought him from. We took him for his check up last night. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring his shot records with me...so the vet gave him a distemper (just in case....even though I told her he had two already) and rabies (his first). Today he is acting so lethargic and anti-social. He is not playing or bothering with us. Also, a few times when we touched one of the shot sites, he cried. But, he is walking and jumping with no problem. And he has started this weird thing where he is scratching out kitchen floor...not hard, just sort of rubbing his nails across it...he has never done this before.

He is eating though...and no diarheea or other symptoms. Is this normal??? The vet is closed and I am getting nervous! THANKS!
post #2 of 14
Cats generally are lethargic after they get their shots. They can also be soar for a little while at the injection site. Quite normal actually..

However if it goes on for too long call the VET.

By scratching the kitchen floor - do you mean near his food bowl - sort of burrying his food??? If so that is normal too - he is saving it for later!
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Hell603
Cats generally are lethargic after they get their shots. They can also be soar for a little while at the injection site. Quite normal actually..

However if it goes on for too long call the VET.

By scratching the kitchen floor - do you mean near his food bowl - sort of burrying his food??? If so that is normal too - he is saving it for later!
Yes, he is scratching by his food bowl! Thats funny! I have never seen that before!

OK, I will just keep an eye on him now....thanks for the reassurance!
post #4 of 14
Yep he'll be fine..If it persists a couple days, then call the vet
post #5 of 14
Kinsey got her shots yesterday and the vet told me if she is sore to give her 1/4 of a children's aspirin. I didnt think I would have to because she didnt appear ro be sore but she started meowing everytime i picked her up today so I went to the store and i just gave her an aspirin. Also she has been sleeping more than usual.
post #6 of 14
I would be extremely careful with giving aspirin to a cat. It should only be given under the advice of a vet and only in the amount suggested. Aspirin can be toxic to kitties very quickly. If your kitty is lethargic for more than a day after getting vaccines, please call your vet. Some kitties have reactions to shots and the vet needs to be aware of that so they can either not give that shot, try a different kind in the future, or give supportive therapy to get the kitty through the reaction.
post #7 of 14
well he said aspirin and only aspirin. I just did some research about giving cats aspirin. Now I am really worried. I hope she will be ok. The vet told me to give it to her. From now on I am just going to let her suffer through the pain. (she's due for another booster in 3 weeks)
post #8 of 14
Just for the record, I have never had a cat act differently or known of a cat (at the shelter) to act differently after being vaccianted. Not once. I wouldn't say it is common and I would be a little worried. But since the everything else is alright, his eating and everything, I don't know, he is probably okay. Just don't touch the sore spots.
post #9 of 14
One of my cats had a bad reaction to his vaccine recently. He started pawing at his mouth constantly, was lethargic and sat huddled up in the corner until we could rush him to the vet. Turns out he's allergic to it which caused his joints to swell up and become tender but an antihistamine put him right as rain. My vet said that a particular brand of drug can cause an effect that another wouldn't so suggest switching to a different type for boosters.
If your kitty's still acting oddly then book an appointment for the vet
Hope this helps
kas
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kinsey's Pet
well he said aspirin and only aspirin. I just did some research about giving cats aspirin. Now I am really worried. I hope she will be ok. The vet told me to give it to her. From now on I am just going to let her suffer through the pain. (she's due for another booster in 3 weeks)
If the vet told you to give it to her, and you gave her the exact does the vet said, then I think she'll be just fine. As long as you followed your vet's instructions, you haven't done anything wrong.
post #11 of 14
Zoey was "off" for two day s after her shots... vet said if it had gone on any longer to bring her in... for this reason she will not get any more shots
post #12 of 14
I gave her a smidge less than he told me just to be safe. It seemed to work she didnt act sore when I picked her up and she was fine this morning when I left for work so I am guessing she wont have a bad reaction to the aspirin or she would have already. I wont have to give her anymore bvecause by the time it wears off the soreness should be going away. She was as playful as ever this morning. but yes yesterday she was a bit sore and a bit sleepy. The vet said I could expect all of those things but she is back to normal today so I would say if your cat is acting strange for more than 2 days call the vet and see what he/she has to say.
post #13 of 14
This happened to my cat after his shot. He became lethargic and had a slight temperature but he made matters worse because he became dehydrated. Perhaps he needs some water. Good luck.
post #14 of 14
yeah all of our cats did the same thing when we took them for shots they slept ALOT for the first day and a half
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