Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
If they're going outside at all, or in regular contact with a cat who does, then it's extremely important to vaccinate.
Even if the kittens themselves never go outside they could still be exposed if Tinker were to get into a fight and then come home.
There's two ways you could handle this, IMO.
1. Keep Tinker in, and too bad about liking to go outside. Get the kittens their boosters, and then that's it. They're safe.
2. Let Tinker keep going out (something the kittens will likely want to try as well, btw) and vaccinate as your vet recommends.
Personally I'm not a fan of yearly vaccinations. All my cats got their kitten shots and their rabies...and that'll pretty much be it. Jitzu for sure won't be getting any more because of her compromised immune system, but the other three might get boosters now and again.
That being said, all of mine are indoors only, aside from a little bit of time in their 'cattio' in my backyard. If they were allowed outside I'd have a completely different plan for them. It's a matter of risk assessment, right. If they're vaccinated and outside and they get sent to the pound I'm up a creek and facing a huge fine. And that's aside from the risk of them contracting something! Where I live if your cat is taken to the pound you need to show proof of vaccination to get them back. If you don't have it then the normal fine for 'animal at large' has another one for 'not vaccinating' added to it. That's only for rabies (since it's the only one enforced by law), but still...
Becky and the cats: Jitzu (11), Torri (9), Doran (8 ), and Muffin (8 )
The boys at 8 - not