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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-30-2018, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Vaccinations For an Indoor Cat

I had my kitty vaccinated when I got him (6-7 mo), and again last year. Last year he had the "Rabies 1 year", the Rccp, and Felv. On the bill it says rabies is a 3-year vaccine. Now the reminder card says he is due for Rccp, Felv, and something called "Feline Annual Vacc." Jett is healthy and will be 3 by November and only stays indoors with no other animals. Do I really need these? What do they cover?



At some point I may take a job in another state and will move with Jett so I would likely want to get him vaccinated before then (if it happens) just in case he gets out or comes in contact with other animals in a new location. But for my current living space I am wondering if I should or not.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-30-2018, 04:58 PM
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Rabies vax can be a 1-yr or 3-yr vaccination and is required by many State and/or local jurisdictions, even for indoor cats.

My personal recommendation, regardless if you do the 1-yr or 3-yr is to select a non-adjuvanted rabies vaccine. This protects against reactions to the vaccine as well as vaccination site sarcomas, which can be deadly, albeit rare. It is more expensive than the regular vaccine.

RCP is given in doses to kittens thru the first year to 18 months, depending on the vet, and then often switched to a booster or annual vax. It is not a required vaccine usually and many vets will stop giving it after the initial series of shots.

Leuk vax is non-core, optional but often recommended by vets for cats that go outside or share a home with other cats. I personally wouldn't give it to an indoor only cat in a single cat household.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2018, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Well I believe mine is a 3 year because on the Certificate of Vaccination it does not have a date listed for "next due" by Rabies but for the other two, which were 1 year vaccines, it says 2018. Plus I remember him telling me it was 3 years.. I do not know if it was adjuvanted or non.


I was also told (by other cat owners) that an annual exam is not a priority item for healthy cats?
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