Vaccinating a cat: how much does it cost and when to vaccinate [vaccination schedule
Probably every cat owner wonders: "How is it with these vaccinations? ". Veterinarians mention them when visiting, discussions about vaccination are taking place in various forums. Many people ask themselves - to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.Vaccinating the cat
If to vaccinate - which vaccinations should be decided on and what should be the frequency of vaccinations?
In my article you will find the answers to these questions. You will also learn how to prepare your cat for vaccination so that it develops proper immunity after and how much it costs to vaccinate your cat.
- Preparation for vaccinating a cat
- Vaccinating the kitten
- Vaccinating an adult cat
- Additional vaccinations
- Vaccination against rabies
- Vaccination against feline FeLV leukemia
- Vaccination to protect against Chlamydophila felis infection
- Vaccination to develop immunity against Bordotella bronchiseptica
- Vaccinations not recommended
- Towards immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
- To develop immunity against infectious peritonitis virus (FIP)
- Types and cost of cat vaccines
- Vaccines for cats used in Polish offices
- What to look for when vaccinating?
- What symptoms your cat has after vaccination should worry you?
Preparation for vaccinating a catHow to prepare a cat for vaccination?
Each animal should be carefully examined prior to vaccination.
The veterinarian should check:
- check the lymph nodes,
- measure the temperature,
- palpate the abdominal cavity.
If any of the test items indicate disease, vaccination cannot be performed.
The animal should be effectively dewormed before vaccination.
It is best if deworming is performed after stool examination so that the preparation can be selected to combat specific parasites.
Vaccinating the kittenVaccinating the kitten
Little kittens have protective antibodies from the female cat.
However, they only protect kittens for the first few weeks of life, namely up to 12 weeks.
That is why it is so important to start prophylaxis at the right moment in kittens' life so that they can develop the right amount of antibodies.
We usually recommend the first vaccinations in kittens when they are old between 8 and 9 weeks of age.
At this age, the viral component seems to be the most important panleukopenia due to the high incidence and risk associated with this virus.
The same vaccination includes an attenuated component (devoid of infectiousness but allowing immunity to develop) herpes virus and kalici, that is, being a component of the cat's runny nose.
Then repeat the vaccinations of the kittens between 11 and 12 weeks.
In a herd, in individuals with weakened immunity, exposed to contact with viruses, or in relation to which we have doubts whether they have developed an appropriate amount of antibodies, it is advisable to vaccinate in the area 16 weeks of age kitten.
Then another vaccination After a year and it is advisable to repeat vaccinations every 2-3 years depending on the epidemiological situation of the animal - if it is exposed to frequent contact with pathogens - it is recommended to vaccinate every year.
You can see how a kitten is vaccinated in the video belowFoster Kittens get their first vaccines and deworming!
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Vaccinating an adult catVaccination of an adult cat
As a booster vaccination, after 12 months since the last vaccination, vaccination should be repeated to allow the development of antibodies against panleukopenia, calicivirus and herpesvirus.
Subsequent doses of booster vaccinations in animals with a stable epidemiological situation allow for the use of booster vaccinations every 2-3 years.
However, when the animal is with a large number of cats, or is an outgoing animal, or e.g. resident in temporary home - vaccinations should receive every year.
If the animal is exposed to Chlamydophila or Bortotella, Regardless of the basic vaccinations performed, the animal should be vaccinated against these two bacteria every year due to the durability of the developed antibodies.
Vaccination against rabies
Vaccination against rabies indicated if the cat is exposed to the virus - cats outside or if there are transport or exhibition requirements.
Vaccination is done at the earliest at week 12 adjuvant inactivated virus, others After a year and subsequent booster doses, unless otherwise required by law every 2-3 years.
Vaccinating your cat against rabies costs money about PLN 30.
Vaccination against feline FeLV leukemia
It is advisable to vaccinate leukemia virus-free cats that have undergone testing to determine that they are not carriers of the virus.
The first dose around the age of 8 weeks, resembling approximately 3-4 weeks later and vaccination should be carried out every year.
approximate cost of vaccinating against feline FeLV leukemia this about PLN 50 (depending on the vaccine manufacturer).
Vaccination to protect against Chlamydophila felis infection
Vaccination it often occurs as a component in vaccination with:
- herpes virus.
Vaccination starts in Week 9, repeat after 3-4 weeks.
If an animal is exposed to the bacteria, it is advisable to vaccinate it every year.
The price of this vaccination it's from approx PLN 90.
Vaccination to develop immunity against Bordotella bronchiseptica
It is the only vaccination that is administered intranasally once.
In exposed animals - clusters in temporary homes, shelters and shelters - vaccination is recommended every year.
Vaccinations not recommended
Towards immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
In Poland, vaccination against FIV is not available, it is found in the USA.
In vaccinated animals, the antibodies developed in response to vaccination cannot be distinguished from those developed during FIV infection.
Vaccination recommended after thorough testing to rule out FIV infection in your cat.
They are used 3 doses in space 2-3 weeks and indicated use each year one booster dose.
To develop immunity against infectious peritonitis virus (FIP)
According to all available studies, only cats that have not been exposed to the coronavirus and could not develop antibodies after vaccination they can develop a slight resistance.
Apply 2 doses in space 3-4 weeks and the first FIP vaccination at age 16 weeks.
It is advisable to vaccinate every year.
Types and cost of cat vaccines
Vaccination price for a cat depends on its type. Usually it oscillates between PLN 50 and PLN 120 - the more complex the preparation, the more complex it is the cost of vaccinating a cat greater.
Vaccines for cats used in Polish offices
- Nobivac Tricat, Felocell CVR, Purevax RCP - used for active immunization against Herpes and calicivirus and panleukopenia.
- Purevax RCPCh - additionally contains the Clamydophila felis component.
- Purevax RCPCh FeLV - enables the production of antibodies against feline leukemia.
Before vaccination, it is worth doing a test if our cat is not a carrier of the leukemia virus.
- Leukocell 2 - immunization immunizing only against FeLV feline leukemia.
- Nobivac Rabies, Rabisin - vaccination of the cat against rabies.
What to look for when vaccinating?The site of injection is important when vaccinating cats
Firstly, it is important that the veterinarian has carefully examined the animal and paid attention to the prevention of deworming.
Another question is whether he has checked the epidemiological situation of our animal in the interview and proposed an appropriate one in this regard vaccination of the cat.
And a very important thing - which place of vaccination was chosen.
With the current state of knowledge, we are aware that injection sarcomas can appear after any injection of drugs.
That is why the injection site is so important.
Due to the possibility of a surgical procedure in the case of post-injection changes, including post-injection sarcoma, the best is:
- subcutaneous administration in the lateral region of the abdomen,
- subcutaneous administration in the trunk area,
- vaccination in the area of the knee fold.
What symptoms your cat has after vaccination should worry you?
After vaccinating the cat possible side effects - symptoms of shock. In this case, contact your veterinarian immediately.
You should be concerned about symptoms such as:
- the animal begins to swell its mouth,
- the cat has conjunctival swelling,
- becomes apathetic,
- will lose consciousness,
- passes urine or faeces uncontrollably,
- vomiting occurs suddenly,
- respiratory disorders appear.
Other symptoms that may occur 24-48 hours after vaccination, there are flu-like symptoms, such as:
- higher temperature,
- lack of appetite.
If at the injection site, that is, administration vaccinations in the period from 2 to 4 weeks you will observe a change in character lump - also contact your veterinarian.
He will take material for cytological examination from this lesion and determine if there is a post-reaction vaccination, or with a lesion of a proliferative nature.
Do you know when and for what vaccinate and what risks are associated with vaccination Your cat?
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