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Hello,
We have a 4 year old cat that we absolutely love. He is the best thing that has ever happened to my family. Pumpkin, our cat, was brought into our lives by my brother. My brother has since moved to a new home and unfortunately due to his severe allergies he could not bring Pumpkin with him. He is devastated over this. My concern is for our upcoming vet visit. Martin, my brother, is against vaccinations for Pumpkin. He is strictly an indoor cat and will never be let outside. I know the vet is going to want me to vaccinate him, but my brother will flip out if anything happens to Pumpkin. I don't know what to do. Any guidance would greatly be appreciated.

Thanks for your time.
Isabella
 

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Vaccines are very controversial and have been for a number of years. Personally, I do not vaccinate adult cats at all, except rabies as required by law (every 3 years in most places, but check with your local authorities).

I've been working on a vaccine article but whew! it's a huge subject. I've started posting it section by section in our newsletter:
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=nlarchive
(I think the last 3 issues include info on vaccines).

There are a lot of good resources about this, but some of the most reasonable and scientifically supported can be found at:
http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/SAVP2.HTM
http://www.aafponline.org./pdf/guidelines_vaccine.pdf

The latter is long and somewhat technical; both are intended for veterinarians, but I think there's a lot there that cat guardians can understand and use. The point is that vaccines are not harmless, and while they have a use and a place, annual revaccination for adult animals is absolutely unnecessary and very likely quite harmful in many ways.

I know this isn't an exact answer but it will help you start researching!

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 
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