Cat Rabies Shot

November 15, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

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.

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.

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.   

Cat Rabies Shot

October 20, 2010 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Diseases

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.