October 20, 2010 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior
In USA, it is mandatory for cats to receive vaccination against rabies virus as put forward in the "Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control". The only vaccine administered by the USA laws is the rabies vaccine to protect against spreading of rabies virus to humans.
Every state sets its own law regarding the frequency of the rabies vaccine administration. Normally, the cat is given the cat rabies vaccine after it reaches the age of 3 – 6 months old. After one year, the cat is given a booster injection. The law concerning the annual rabies vaccination differs from state to state. Most states require the cat to receive rabies vaccination annually. However, there are some state requires the cat to be administered with rabies vaccine every 3 years.
There are two types of cat rabies shot including 1 year and 3 years. The one-year cat rabies shot can last for one year while the 3-year cat rabies shot can last for 3 years. The one-year shot offer less protection than the three year shot. Studies have shown that the rabies vaccination can offer protection for up to 7 years.
Though there is a low incidence of cat rabies, it is best that you get vaccinated because rabid animals such as bat often enter into homes. Cats, which are not vaccinated against rabies, will die if they touch the saliva or are bitten by a rabid animal.
Before there is any vaccination or you feel your pet has rabies infection, go for an easy blood test called antibody titer. Another important message is the existence of a special compound adjuvants, which increases the efficiency to the vaccine in other vaccines, has lately shown as cause of cancer or immunological disease at some later stages of cats life. You should make sure the vaccination you give does not support adjuvants. An exception to this kind is canarypox virus-vectored recombinant feline rabies vaccine, which does not contain adjuvants is administered annually.