Cat Rabies Vaccine

November 05, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

Rabies, a contagious disease spread through virus infection affect warm-blooded animals. The Rabies is common risk among the people working in wildlife, veterinary clinics and forest travelers. Once it was time for mandatory vaccination for dogs but now due to the increased infection levels of cat rabies, community’s is sharing prevention code for getting cats vaccinated. As the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, it is better to start vaccinating against the dreadful disease before the wound reaches mature stage causing a fatal death without any remedy.

There are protective and effective vaccines suggested for the infected people based on their age, maturity of the wound and the animal. Though there is no a hundred percent prevention with vaccination but it surely helps to grow heartily and healthy stout cats. The vaccination is part of immunization process against the rabies virus, under the supervision of a licensed veterinary doctor. Once the vaccination is given, it takes usual fourteen days to get full protect your cat against the rabies virus.

You should discuss with your Vet doctor for rabies vaccination about the schedule of the doses. You should also make sure to give rabies vaccine for first time and if you want to repeat the shot, contact your vet doctor. The vaccination is given at 12-14 weeks of cat’s age. The vaccination need to be followed yearly dose for keeping safe though the manufacturers give a three year protected status from rabies virus.

Symptoms of cat rabies- protect your family from this deadly disease

March 03, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Cats are the lovely cute pet.  In this modern world there is tension and tension everywhere. The people hardly find any time to relax. Spending time with the pet really relaxes the mind and chase away the tension, depression etc. The cats are liked by entire family members. The females like the cat as they are soft and have attractive coat. The kids love to play with them as they are small and handy.  These lovely cute cats have so many health issues and one such is rabies.

There are so many misconceptions about rabies. Many are of the opinion that rabies is the disease of dog. It is not so, rabies can affect cats and even the human beings. Rabies is the most dangerous zoonotic disease as there is no cure for the affected animals. Let us discuss about rabies in cat here which will help you to protect the family from rabies.

Transmission

 Rabies is a viral disease and the disease spreads from one animal to the other by bite. The virus will be transmitted to the body through saliva. The virus is a fragile virus and can live outside the body for a period 24 hours [maximum]. Once the virus is introduced in to the body, the virus will reach the brain through nervous system. The incubation period varies from 2-6 weeks. In the process the virus will reach the salivary gland of the infected animal and multiply there. 

Stages of rabies

There are 3 different stages of rabies. Let us discuss all that here. It is important for the pet owner to protect himself and his family from this deadly dangerous disease.

Prodormal- this is the 1 st stage of the rabies. The symptoms are as follows- there will be anxiety, solitude, fever and nervousness. The cat will be showing erratic behaviour and this stage will last for 2-3 days.

Paralytic– this is also known as dump form. The cat will be salivating. This is because the cat will find it difficult to swallow. There will be deep breathing for the cat as there will be paralysis of face muscle and diaphragm. The jaws of the cat will appear dropped.

Furious- this is the third stage of the disease.  The cat will be vicious and will be roaming around aimlessly. The gait and the movement will be disoriented. The cat will die eventually preceded by a seizure.

The cat owner will not be aware that their lovely pet cat is infected with rabies virus most of the time. The owner should have close watch over the pet cat. If the owner could detect the infection early, he can protect other pets and also the households. It is the duty of the cat owner to protect the cat from this deadly dangerous disease. He should never allow the cat rabies to affect the loved ones. For more information the owner can contact the nearby vet clinic or can browse through the internet.

What is the Vaccination Schedule for Cats?

February 22, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - General, Health

There are so many incurable diseases that can affect the lovely pet cats. The only way to protect the cat is by providing suitable vaccination. The vaccine administered will help the cat to fight the disease producing micro organisms. This can be achieved by developing sufficient antibodies in the body that can fight the germs. These specific antibodies can be produced by administering the killed or attenuated germs that can cause the actual disease. The body in response to this antigen will produce required antibodies which will fight the germs in case of actual exposure.

As soon as the cat is purchased, the cat should be taken to the near by vet hospital. The vet will suggest few vaccinations depending on the age and health of the cat. The vaccination schedule will vary depending on so many other factors such as numbers of cats and other pets in the house.   

The general vaccination schedule is as follows:

  • Distemper Combination Vaccine (includes panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and calicivirus)
  •  Feline leukaemia
  • Feline Respiratory disease and
  • Rabies

Feline respiratory diseases include calicvirus, Chlamydia and rhinotrachitis. The cat should be protected from all these diseases as these diseases are very common among the cats and these diseases can lead to death or can result in severe side effects. The cats that go outside the house are to be protected against these diseases as they are most likely to get infection from other un- protected pet cats.

In general there are very minimal side effects associated with these vaccines. The cats will be less active for few days that follow the vaccination and there is no need to worry as the cats will become normal in due course. Of course one can not rule out the possibility of severe vaccine reactions but they are very rare. In case the vaccinated cat found to have any reactions such as lethargy, diarrhoea or vomiting, then rush the cat to the near by vet without wasting any time. 

If you have purchased a kitten, then they require list of vaccinations that are must. But there should be time gap for the first vaccine. The reason is the kittens will get antibodies from their mother through milk. Such antibodies will react with the vaccine and the desired result could not be attained. Hence the vaccination schedule for cats are as follows:

  • Distemper Combination Vaccine – First shot at 6 weeks old followed by every 3-4 weeks of age until it attains 16 weeks of age. Booster at 1 year of age
  •  Feline leukaemia – Primary dose should be given at 8 weeks old and booster dose after 3-4 weeks of age. Booster at 1 year of age
  • Rabies- Vaccination should be done based on local law and type of vaccine. Revaccinate one year later.

The adjuvant present in the vaccine can lead to health problems in the latter part of life; one must be wary of this. As per the recent study these adjuvant can lead to immunological disturbances and cancer in few animals. The adjuvants are added to the vaccine only to improve the efficiency of the vaccine. Most of the vaccines are injected in to the body of the cat. Of course there are nasal spray vaccines also. For the antibody production minimum of 15 days time is required. The cat will certainly require booster vaccination every year without fail in order to protect the cat all through their life. The vet will confirm you the details of the booster vaccine depending on the age, health, environment, type of vaccine, disease prevalent in that area etc.   

Risk and Benefits of Rabies Shots on Cats

November 02, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

The cats are vaccinated against rabies, you all will be aware of this. Rabies vaccine comes under core vaccinations. Core vaccines are nothing but the vaccines that all cats should get. These core vaccines should be given to the cats that live both indoors or out doors. Rabies and distemper come under core vaccine group.

Rabies vaccines are compulsory in most states in America. This is because this rabies can be transmitted to human beings and the affected animal or human will die. Rabies vaccine should be administered by certified DVM only. The cats are not vaccinated until the cats are 12 weeks old. The cats that are older than 12 weeks should be vaccinated and the vaccine should be continued every year. Rabies vaccine should be administered in the right hind leg of the cat.

Reactions to rabies vaccination

Rabies vaccinated cats may have soreness just as the soreness experienced by the human beings after the tetanus injection. These vaccine reactions are very common in cats. There are two types of reactions; they are serious reactions and mild reactions.

Serious reactions

There are few more serious reactions which we will discuss now. These serious reactions are like allergic reactions the human experience minutes after the consumption of peanuts. These serious reactions are facial swelling, itchness, breathing difficulty, vomiting, pale gums, hives, anaphylactic shock and death. The cats showing any one of these symptoms should be treated immediately at vet hospital not at home. The vet will administer antihistaminic drug.

Mild reactions

Mild reactions are also very common in cats. These mild reactions develop after an hour. The mild reactions are refusing to eat, hiding, fever, sleepiness, reluctance to be touched etc. in general the vets will not charge for the vaccine reactions or at least offer good discount for the treatment.

Most of the cats will recover fast from these mild reactions. During this period the cat should be given plenty of good quality water. The cat may be given can of tuna fish or any dry food with chicken broath. Garlic or onion should be avoided for the cats. Meat baby food added with warm water but without onion or garlic should help the cat to recover faster.

These mild reactions of the cat should be recorded in the cat’s chart. This information should be informed to the vet attending on the cat. The vet will make note of these information and will take required precaution while administering the cat rabies vaccine next time. The vet may administer diphenidramine along with the rabies vaccine to prevent these mild reactions.

It is better not to administer all the vaccine boosters on a single day. One vaccine per is very good for the cat. This way the vet will also understand the cats reactions to the vaccine administered without any confusion. The vet will know exactly which vaccine is the reason for the reactions and take precautions accordingly. It is always better to schedule the cat’s vaccination on a holiday so that the pet owner can watch the pet so closely. But care should be taken to know the vet clinic is open for the next day to treat the reactions if there are any.

Is there any link between the Rabies and Cancer?

October 27, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

The rabies is a deadly dangerous disease and there is no cure for the rabies and hence only prevention is the only way. There are many rabies vaccines available in the market and those are very effective in controlling the rabies.

There are reports of late that the cats that are vaccinated with rabies vaccine develop cancer. The scientists were baffled with the reports and started working towards finding the root cause for the cancer. Aluminium is used as adjuvant in the rabies vaccine and the same was found to be triggering the cancer growth in the cats. The veterinarians administer the rabies vaccine in the right hind leg. In case there is cancer [sarcoma], the leg of the cat can be amputated so that the cat at least can survive. The FELV used can also result in sarcomas and hence this vaccine is used in the left hind leg of the cat.

There will be swelling at the sit of the injection in almost all situations. These swellings will disappear after some time. In case the swelling does not subside then the same should be reported to the vet at the earliest.

As per the article written by Barbara e.kitchell DVM in the name of “feline vaccine associated sarcoma “, the sarcoma induced by the rabies vaccine will have following signs. The mass that develops post injection does not reduce even after 3 months. The swelling developed will be larger than 2 cm in diameter. The swelling developed will increase in size after one month.

Treatment

Sarcomas are killer disease and there is very less chance for cure unless detected at very early stage. Surgical removal of the tumour and the tissue surrounding is the best. In required amputation of the leg may be tried to save the life of the cat. Chemotherapy and radiation are the other treatment options available.

Zoonosis- 5 Facts you should know about Cat Disease

August 25, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

Zoonosis is not a disease, but a tern that means the transmission of disease from animal to humans. In general the disease that affects the man is different from the one that the cats get. But there are certain diseases that are transmitted to human beings through the animals; such diseases are called zoonotic diseases. There is no need for one to get panic. Most of the zoonotic diseases are easily preventable. The zoonotic diseases are not as prevalent as the diseases that are transmitted from human to human.

High risk individuals

The pet lovers are more prone to the zoonotic diseases, there is no doubt. There are so many others who too are at the risk of getting affected by zoonottic diseases. Let’s know who they are. The people who have weak immune system are more prone to zoonotic diseases. The old people, babies, and people suffering from AIDS fall under this category. The people who are undergoing chemotherapy are at great risk. The cancer patients are treated with chemotherapy. The people working in animal shelters, animal care takers and veterinary staff are at high risk of communicating zoonotic diseases.

Mode of transmission of cat diseases

The cat’s diseases are transmitted through various means. One should know the mode of transmission of the cat disease to be wary of the same. The cat disease can spread through contaminated water and food. The contaminated cat’s urine, faces, saliva etc can spread the disease. The parasites like ticks and cat fleas can transmit the cat disease to human through the bite.

Common cat diseases that is transmissible to human beings

Fungal infections – ring worm is the fungal infection of the skin which can be transmitted to human beings.

Protozoan infections

Toxoplasmosis is a protozoan disease of cat which cat affects the human beings especially the pregnant women. Such people should avoid handling the litter boxes of the cat. Giardia is the yet another protozoan disease that gets transmitted through contaminated faces of the cat and the affected person will have diarrhea.

Viral infections

Rabies is a deadly dangerous disease that gets transmitted from dogs and cats to the human beings. The infected cat’s bite will result in the entry of the virus to the human beings.

Parasitic infections

Yersinia pestis is caused to human beings through flea bite. The round worm, tape worm and hook worms can be transmitted to children who play with the cats.

Bacterial infections

Salmonella is present in the faces of the cats and the same bacteria can infect human beings and cause vomiting and diarrhea. Pasturella is the yet another bacteria that can infect both human and cat. Streptococcus can be transmitted to humans from cats and can cause sore throat. 

Simple precautions

The direct contact with the urine faces and saliva of the cat should be avoided. While changing the litter box one should wear gloves. The cats should never be allowed to the place where food is prepared. The hands should be washed properly after handling of the animal. The vaccination and the dewarming of the cats should never be missed. The cat’s bed material should be washed periodically.

The ABC of Cat Rabies Symptoms

December 10, 2009 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases
Rabies tends to inflict many different animals.  The thing is that it can affect each animal in different ways.  At the same time it is the same virus and it is just as deadly in cats as it is in any other animal out there.  This is why it is very important to know the cat rabies symptoms.  Then you will know if your beloved pet is infected with rabies.

There are three stages go cat rabies. The prodromal, furious and paralytic stages usually appear in order of each other.    If you notice your cat acting anxious or tensed for a couple days then he or she could be infected with cat rabies.  At the same time if they are acting viscous or extremely irritable they could already is in the furious stage of cat rabies.  The last stage or the paralytic stage is where your cat stops eating or is unable to bite due to their jaw being paralyzed.  Seizures are also a sign of the paralytic stage.   Knowing thing symptoms will help you when it comes to the medical attention that your pet is requiring. 

You might be wondering how your cat can get rabies.  Maybe your cat attacked an animal that was infected with rabies.  If this animal bites your cat it can begin to show sign of rabies.  Rabies generally targets and destroys the central nervous system.  It can also cause many infections in your pet including respiratory and urinary tract infections.  

If you notice your pet acting strange in anyway you should seek the assistance of a veterinarian.  If you catch the virus early enough you can save your pet a lot of pain, not to mention their life.  Always be on the watch for strange behavior such as restlessness, viciousness, and if your pet becomes paralyzed.  Knowing these symptoms can save your pets life.