Any good vet will tell us: a healthy cat is a happy cat. Our feline friends need care as much as they need food, and vaccination is a prerequisite for their well-being. To enlighten us a little more on the subject, here are some essential points to remember about the vaccination of a cat.
Cat vaccination, why and against which diseases?
Just like humans, cats can be at risk of viral or parasitic contamination and contract various diseases, some of which can be fatal to them. Without a good immune system, a cat, even if it does not go out very often, is never safe from harm. The only effective way to protect him from these infections to date remains the administration of the vaccine.
In general, there are only four types of recurrent illnesses for which the cat should be vaccinated: typhus, coryza, leukosis and rabies. Typhus, coryza and leukosis are the three diseases that most often affect animals. Since these prove to be fatal in most cases, it is important to get your cat vaccinated as soon as possible. Although the risks of contracting rabies are almost non-existent for a cat who remains locked up at home all the time, the vaccine remains mandatory in order to protect him and his master in the event of contact with an infected animal.
How does the vaccine work and when should it be given?
Vaccines are usually given as injections under the skin. These come to stimulate the cat’s immune defenses so that his body can properly defend itself against the different types of bacteria and viruses that could infect it. If the primary purpose of the visit is the vaccination of our furry companion, it is also the opportunity for the veterinarian to carry out a complete assessment of his general condition, thus ensuring that the cat is in good health.
For kittens, maternal immunity ends two months after birth, during which time they are most vulnerable to infection. Before they reach their ninth week, it is therefore essential to give them the first two vaccines, with an interval of one month between each injection. Once adulthood is an annual check-up. Knowing that their immune system weakens with age, veterinary visits will have to be done more frequently.
What are the risks of vaccinating a cat?
During the 24 hours following the administration of the vaccine, the cat may experience a few mild side effects, namely: tiredness, fever and lack of appetite. However, there is nothing to be alarmed about. This condition wears off fairly quickly, leaving the feline in Olympic form. On the other hand, in some very rare cases where the cat is much more easily affected by an irritation of the subcutaneous tissue, it happens that the signs of fibrosarcomas make their appearance. When in doubt, it is always best to consult a veterinarian.
Budget allocated to the vaccination of a cat
This can vary greatly depending on the veterinary clinic you turn to, but it takes on average between 120 to 140 euros for the first vaccines. It will then be necessary to plan a budget of 70 to 100 euros for the annual reminders. However, there are cases where cat health insurance can reimburse part of the cost of vaccination.
In conclusion, vaccination is a mandatory step to keep your cat healthy. By protecting him from any risk of infection, his master also grants himself more serenity regarding the well-being of his furry friend.