The Wonderful World Of Pets

Top Cat Vaccinations And Why Your Pet Needs Them

by Samuel Sullivan

Cats are cute and playful and make great pets for single individuals, as well as large families. Shortly after adopting your precious cat, it is best to make an appointment to see your local veterinarian. Cats require a series of vaccinations that are important in keeping them healthy so that they can live full and happy lives. Below is a list of the top vaccines and an explanation as to why your pet needs them. 


Even if your feline is kept as an indoor kitty, it will still need to get a rabies vaccine. This is because an infected animal, such as a bat, can still enter the home. Also, it is possible that your cat may get out of the house if someone accidentally leaves the door open. Rabies is transmittable to humans and it is fatal if treatment isn't sought immediately after exposure. In some areas of the country, this vaccine is actually required by the law. 

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

According to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, FeLV causes the most common form of cancer among cats. This virus also has the ability to weaken your furry friend's immune system, so that it can contract additional diseases. Since cats can spread this virus to each other, it is best to have your pet tested for the condition soon after adoption. You can then have your pet vaccinated to prevent contracting the disease in the future.  

Distemper Combination Vaccine

Distemper is also referred to as the panleukopenia virus, or the P in the FVRCP vaccine. Not only does this condition cause bloody diarrhea in cats and leave them susceptible to contracting additional viruses, but it also has the potential to be fatal. Additionally, the combination vaccine protects against viral rhinotracheitis (VR) and calicivirus (C), both of which cause upper respiratory issues. 

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) 

The ASPCA reports that the feline immunodeficiency virus may take years for symptoms to emerge, and once they do, your cat will experience a weakened immune system that can leave the animal vulnerable to additional infections. This virus is not transmittable to humans, but can be passed from cat to cat. It is highly recommended that you have your feline vaccinated in order to prevent catching this horrible disease. 

Always discuss with your veterinarian any concerns you have about your cat's risks for catching transmittable diseases. There are a few other vaccinations that may benefit your feline, and your doctor will be able to go over those with you and make any appropriate vaccine suggestions. Contact a Cat Care Clinic in your area for more information.