Jul 24, 2015

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3 Reasons Why Your Indoor Cat Still Needs Vaccines

Do you have a cat who lives completely indoors and never ventures outside? If so, you may be wondering whether the cat really needs to get annual vaccination treatments. Annual vaccines are common for dogs and for indoor/outdoor cats, as vaccines protect the animals from a wide range of threats, including heartworm, rabies, a host of diseases, and even fleas. However, many indoor-only cat owners wonder whether vaccines are really needed for their animals. After all, if the cat never goes outside, it will likely never be exposed to any of those risks. Here are three reasons why your indoor-only cat still needs to get vaccination treatments:

The rabies vaccine is legally mandatory

In most places, if you own a dog or a cat, it is legally required that the animal be vaccinated for rabies. Now, the police probably aren’t going to show up at your door because you didn’t vaccinate your indoor cat. However, in the very small chance that your cat did catch rabies and did bite someone, you could face some serious legal issues.

And it is possible for an indoor cat to get rabies, especially if you live in a rural or heavily-wooded location. A bat could fly down the chimney. A mouse, rat, or other rodent could find it’s way into your home. While not likely, it is possible for a rabies-carrying animal to get into a home. Considering how inexpensive and convenient it is to get the vaccine, it usually makes sense to go ahead and do it.

Vaccines prevent a number of diseases

The catch-all “booster” shot is meant to prevent a number of dangerous and potentially life-threatening diseases. These can include herpes, feline leukemia, and other harmful illnesses. Kittens can be especially vulnerable to these illnesses. Your adult cat may not need a booster shot every years, but chances are good that your vet will want your cat to get the shot every few years. If you have a kitten, though, your vet will likely tell you that the booster shot is highly important for keeping the cat healthy.

Indoor cats can still get heartworm

Heartworm is very dangerous for cats and, contrary to the opinion of many, it’s still a threat for indoor cats. Heartworm is carried by mosquitoes, and mosquitoes are very capable of finding their way inside a home. All it takes is a door cracked open or a small hole in a window screen for a couple of mosquitoes to enter your house. If the mosquito bites your cat, your feline friend could be exposed to heartworm. An annual vaccine is a great way to eliminate the heartworm threat.

For more information, talk to your veterinarian (like those at Cat Care Clinic). They can help you decide which vaccines are needed and how often your cat should get them.

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