Vaccines are important for every pet. This biological and medical breakthrough have made it possible for pet cats to be immune to certain diseases. Getting your pet cats vaccinated is just one of the several preventive measures you take to ensure that they are as fit as a fiddle. Although antibodies are already present in their immune system, the vaccines provide extra help by introducing a new antibody that would recognize the disease.
There are two types of vaccines: the core vaccines and the non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are mandatory vaccines that your pet cats should get, while non-core vaccines are those that are only administered when there is a need for them. Here is a list of the diseases that will determine whether they should get immediate vaccination or not.
I. Diseases that Your Cats Should Be Vaccinated Against
1. Feline Panleukopenia (FPV) or (FPL)
This highly contagious disease is caused by the feline panleukopenia virus and characterized by bloody diarrhea, severe dehydration, malnutrition, and even death in severe cases. This usually cause a cat’s white blood cell count to decrease.
2. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR)
It is an upper respiratory infection that is generally manifested by coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, and sometimes fever, which can go up to 106 degrees as well as loss of appetite.
3. Feline Caliciviral disease
This is another respiratory disease with the most common symptoms that include loss of appetite, eye and nasal discharge, and pneumonia.
Although rabies is quite common among our beloved pets, this should not be an excuse to not get them vaccinated. Rabies is a contagious and fatal disease that affects the brains particularly among cats and dogs. It is a disease that is mostly characterized by violence and madness.
II. Illnesses that Needs Optional Vaccine
1. Feline Chlamydiosis Infection
This upper respiratory infection is caused by a bacteria that will exhibit such symptoms as watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and difficulty of breathing.
2. Feline Leukemia Disease Complex
First discovered in the form of a leukemia, the feline leukemia disease complex causes quite a number of illnesses not just leukemia. The infected cat exhibits such symptoms as loss of appetite, poor coat condition, infections of the skin, bladder and respiratory tract infections, just to name a few.
Clinical signs of this common disease which can also infect dogs are nasal discharge, submandibular lymphadenopathy, coughing and fever.
4. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
This is a lentivirus that affects all cats in the world. Like HIV, this particular virus greatly affects the cat’s overall immune system, which eventually leads to death if your pet is left untreated.
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