- May 15, 2012
- Gainesville, Florida
Are you mad many states require it? I certainly would be if any of my cats got skin cancer that way! But I always thought people were crazy to think it is not necessary because my assumption was if that was true, it would not be required by law in a lot of places.Sadly, the rabies vaccine is one of the vaccinations most associated with development of cancer.
Well, it's a natural extension of the discussion. And as Willowy points out...Did you read the subject title of this thread? I specifically asked if INDOOR-ONLY cats need vaccines. Meaning cats who never go outside.
Really, the discussion and information isn't dependent on whether cats are indoor-only.Once the immune system is trained, what does it matter if the cat is inside or outside? In fact, immunity from vaccines probably lasts longer in outside cats, because their immune systems get frequent "reminders".
When was the last time you had an MMR vaccine? Even though you go outside? Vaccines work the same in cats as in humans.
Good post, I agree! I worked years ago at an animal hospital when one of the vets there shared information about perhaps cats didn't need yearly vaccines afterall, that every 3 years (at that time this was the thinking) would do. It changed how I began approaching the vaccinations of my kitties. And now I much prefer the idea of doing the titre testing.But that's the heart of the issue in the discussion in this thread - the definition of "up to date" on "boosters." All of these links point to boosters being unnecessary. No, there's no paperwork on rescue kitties. But they can do titre testing. That would be the "proof" and determine whether or not they need a vaccination.
I think most people are not told of the risks unless they ask. Once I asked a vet what the risk is and he said fibrosarcomas are not common so it could be not all vets are aware of it. Of course, there is also a possibility they just want the money you pay for that, and the rabies vaccine is required in many states. But I can't say why your vet insisted on vaccinating cats every year.My cat Midnight is dying from fibrosarcoma that developed after her shots in December. She is 15 and we are just keeping her comfortable but the end will come soon as she is starting to eat less. I am furious that my vet never told me of the risks. I have 8 cats ages 13-17 and all have been vaccinated routinely. Never again.
No, no cats get vaccinated for those. Those are a human vaccine. The comparison was being made between vaccination in humans vs. vaccination in cats. My vets, for instance, are vaccinated against rabies. They take a booster shot every 7 years. So why, in cats, are rabies vaccinations recommended every year? In some places, the recommendation is every three years. It is the exact same vaccine that is administered.Oh thanks. My cat never gets a vaccine for those.
Poor Midnight. That seems like a wise choice to not operate. I had a feral get spayed and they put a cone on her(yes knowing she was feral). She would start up and bang into cage and get stuck. I took it off ASAP.
to your family.
My vibes too.... I am very, very sorry.Add my vibes. I'm so sorry.
Obviously vets don't realize what works 7 years for them also works 7 years for their patients.No, no cats get vaccinated for those. Those are a human vaccine. The comparison was being made between vaccination in humans vs. vaccination in cats. My vets, for instance, are vaccinated against rabies. They take a booster shot every 7 years. So why, in cats, are rabies vaccinations recommended every year? In some places, the recommendation is every three years. It is the exact same vaccine that is administered.
In humans, we are vaccinated with MMR as children - and then never again. So when cats are vaccinated with their equivalent - the FVRCP in cats - why do so many vets recommend they be vaccinated every year? That was the comparison being made, I think.