August is National Immunization Month; time to ensure that all my fellow felines are protected and up-to-date!
Though getting shots is never fun, immunizations help to protect your pet against all kinds of nasty bugs and bacteria – without them they are susceptible to severe illness and in some cases death. Prevention, as they say, is the best medicine!
There are no hard and fast rules as to when humans should take their felines in to have vaccinations, as this differs depending on what age we are and the type of vaccine. Typically my human schedules these during my annual wellness exam.
As our friends at the AAFP mention there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Kittens will require several rounds of vaccinations, which help to build up their immune system and create healthy happy adult cats.
- Adult cats typically require less; however this is dependent upon the risks for an individual cat and the type of vaccine.
- All vaccines are dependent upon health status and regulations within specific countries. If you are relocating internationally, you should be aware of the requirements within your new location.
While felines often get pegged as being self-reliant, I can assure you that vaccines are an essential part of ensuring that we are happy and healthy. Don’t forget to schedule an exam with your cat’s favorite veterinarian and ask about what preventive care they may require.
Cover Photo by Lindsey Turner