Why Vaccinating Your Cat Is Extremely Important
Vaccinations are very important to help protect your cat against serious illness and potentially deathly diseases. Make sure you start vaccinating your cat shortly after it is no longer drinking its mother’s milk. You should continue to vaccinate your cat throughout its lifetime.
When is a good time to start vaccinating your Cat?
You should almost immediately start vaccinating your cat after it has been separated from its mother. Kittens' are very susceptible to disease, which is why you want to vaccinate as early as possible!
- First vaccination recommendation 6 – 8 weeks old
- Second vaccination recommendation: 10 – 12 weeks old
- Third vaccination recommendation: 14 – 18 weeks old.
Your local vet will probably recommend vaccinating your cat every one to three years to make sure your fuzzy friend has long-term immunity against contagious diseases.
Prevention is Better than Cure
Vaccinations often prevent serious illness through building your cats immunities to these illness's and deathly diseases. Vaccinations will also help prevent the spread of disease to and from other cats, keeping humans safe as well. For more information on cat vaccinations and what diseases you need to vaccinate your pet against, check out this article from Cornell University.
What Diseases Can You Catch from Your Cat?
It’s pretty uncommon for humans to catch diseases from their cats, but occasionally it does happen. These specific types of diseases are called zoo-tonic diseases. Young children and pregnant women are the most susceptible to getting a disease from cats, due to their vulnerable immune system.
Some of these zoonotic diseases include rabies, giardia, sarcoptes, toxoplasmosis, intestinal worms, ringworms, and cat scratch diseases.
Reduce the risk of these zoonotic diseases by:
- Keeping your pet at a healthy weight
- Have your vet examine you pet atleast once per year
- Clean and wash toys
- Keeping your children’s hands clean after playing
- Clean and wash beds annually
- Cleaning out litter trays often
- Disposing of feces ASAP
- Washing your cat’s bed
- Isolating infected cats from non infected cats
- Washing your hands frequently
- Bathing and grooming your cat often
- Making sure your kids wash their hands often
Vaccinations are something you should take very seriously. Make sure you vaccinate you cat as soon as its done drinking its mothers milk. Continue to vaccinate throughout its adulthood even through its senior years. Following your vets recommendations will help ensure your cat lives its longest and healthiest life.