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Does Your Cat Really Need Vaccines?


The issue surrounding vaccines has created substantial controversy over whether to give children certain kinds of shots or not. While there are a number of objectors, most people do vaccinate their children against childhood diseases, and provide them with booster shots when necessary. However, there doesn’t seem to be the same widespread objection to pets being vaccinated. As a matter of fact, some animal shelters vaccinate all animals prior to adopting them into homes. Cats are often taken to the veterinarian annually to be vaccinated against Lyme disease, the mind leukemia and other problems. Some people have questioned whether such vaccinations are necessary for pets, while others maintain that yearly shots are essential for preventing disease and lengthening the life of their pet.

The results of a study completed in 2004 show that while vaccinations are effective and necessary to avoid diseases, requiring all pet owners to have their animals vaccinated every year may not necessarily be required. Frequent booster shots do aid against the kind of health problems that owners are trying to avoid. However, too many of these chemicals in the blood stream can lead to more serious health problems, such as various kinds of cancer and severe allergic reactions.



When choosing a veterinarian, you should look for one who understands your concerns and values your pet. You wouldn’t choose any random physician for yourself, so why would you choose any veterinarian? You may be the type who would rather play it safe than sorry, and accept some procedures as a precaution. You may also have the feeling that not all procedures are strictly necessary and would rather not subject the body to those specific procedures. Your attitude toward your own health and choosing a doctor can be similar to the choices you make when finding a vet. You are likely to run into some vets who absolutely insist on the traditional annual shots, while others understand your concerns over vaccinating. The trick is to simply weed out the ones you don’t share views with.

Just as your children can have a negative reaction after receiving a shot, your pets can also have certain side effects, depending on the vaccine. If you notice that your cat has a minor fever, is cranky and has a loss of appetite after receiving his or her shots, keep an eye on the situation and make sure it subsides after a day or so. If your cat continues to show signs of lethargy and a fever, take your pet back to the vet to make sure that everything is alright.

As a pet owner, you want to make sure your cat is protected against various feline diseases. At the same time, you want to avoid overdoing the vaccines because of the perceived risks of the kind of problems that you wanted to avoid in the first place. Do some research on the subject and discuss your options with your veterinarian. You may decide that it is best to vaccinate your cat every other year rather than every year or to vary the kind of shots that are given to your cat.

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