Cats are some of the best companions in the animal kingdom. They’re great company, but they’re independent enough that they don’t require constant attention. Their pleasant dispositions and playful demeanors make them fantastic company. As a cat’s caregiver, one of the most important things you can do is make sure your cat has all of her vaccines on time.

 

At Normandale Vet Hospital in Edina, our caring veterinarians love helping cats live long and happy lives. In this blog post, we’ll talk about your cat’s vaccine schedule and what you can expect.

Keeping Your Cat Safe

When it comes to your cat’s vaccine schedule, your feline friend’s needs may be different than those of your neighbor’s. Although it’s important to protect your furry pal, you don’t want to over-vaccinate if it’s not necessary. Most vaccines are completely safe, but there’s no need to expose your pet to vaccines if they’re not necessary. The number and type of vaccines that are most appropriate for your cat will depend on your cat’s lifestyle and needs.

 

Here are a few of the most common vaccines:

1.   FCV

There are many strains of FCV or Feline Calici Virus. Symptoms are generally respiratory but can become quite serious. Milder symptoms range from nasal congestion to eye discharge. However, anorexia, lethargy, and other more severe symptoms can arise.

2.   Feline Distemper

Feline distemper, also called panleukopenia, arises from parvovirus. This is most common in younger cats between the ages of three and five months, but it can occur in cats of any age. This destructive illness causes destruction to a cat’s white blood cells, weakening its immune system and increasing the chance of secondary infection.

3.   Rabies

Rabies injures a cat’s central nervous system and causes damage to a cat’s brain by infecting the animal’s gray matter. It can lead to aggression, serious illness, weakness, paralysis, and even death.

4.   Feline Herpes

Feline herpes virus type I, also called rhinotracheitis, can create upper respiratory problems, nasal congestion, and conjunctivitis in cats. Signs can also include reduced appetite, enlarged lymph nodes, or lethargy. Younger cats are typically more affected than older animals.

Edina Veterinary Services and Pet Vaccinations for Cats

Postponing your pet’s vaccinations or skipping them altogether can put your cat at great risk of contracting a serious illness. Each pet’s vaccination schedule is personal, which is why it’s important to consult with your veterinarian care team to determine what’s right for your pet.

 

Our Normandale Veterinary Hospital veterinary care team can also provide grooming services and spay or neuter your pet. Give us a call at 952-831-8272 or visit our contact page to set an appointment for your pet’s regular veterinary services and meet the team.