Cats are terrific companions that can also assist with natural pest control. Whether you have cats as pets, pest control, or both, Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital in San Jose, CA, can help to make sure your furry friend’s health is in good shape. The best way to give cats a good chance at living a long and healthy life is to make sure they receive their necessary vacations and you can read about the importance of these below:
Why Vaccinations Are Important for Cats
Vaccinations help to protect cats against potentially harmful viruses and infections. They boost your cat’s immunity system to make it harder for common viruses to affect their health.
The American Association for Feline Practitioners says cats should be vaccinated to protect against:
- Feline leukemia
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline panleukopenia
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
Our veterinarians can also vaccinate your cat for feline chlamydiosis, feline bordetellosis, and adult feline leukemia, which could affect older cats. The best time to start the vaccinations is when the kitten is about 6 to 8 weeks old. When the mother is raising her kittens, her milk contains natural antibodies that can fight common viruses. Most kittens stop feeding from their mother's milk once they are about two months old. After that, their immune system can only be strengthened with vaccines, which our veterinarians can assist you with.
How Vaccinations for Cats Work
Our veterinarians can help to determine the specific vaccinations your cat might need based on commonly occurring viruses that affect cats. We can also help to determine which initial vaccinations are necessary and which dosages. Then, we will create a follow-up exam to ensure that your cat has the best protection against infections.
Initial vaccinations typically require two doses that are inserted with an injection and are usually a few weeks apart. After these initial shots, it is recommended to bring your feline in annually to get vaccinated. When your cat is fully immunized, they the best possible protection against viruses and other infections that it might encounter during its daily activities. If your cat spends a lot of time outdoors, it is especially important to ensure that they are fully vaccinated, as they have a greater chance of catching viruses from external parasites.
Schedule a Vaccination for Your Cat Today
Our team at Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital in San Jose, CA, is very passionate and wants to help owners keep their pets safe and healthy. Contac us today to schedule an appointment for vaccinations that will help protect your cat from viruses and keep their immune system strong.