What kinds of immunizations do you need to give your cats in order to prevent disease? What do the different shots do? Why are they important?
Your veterinarian will likely give your pet cat a variety of shots to keep it free from common diseases over the course of its life. If your vet doesn't think your cat requires one of these vaccines, you can ask to have it given to your cat anyway. However, if your vet has a major aversion to giving the vaccine, you will want to research the vaccine and what your vet is saying thoroughly. If you still want your cat to have the vaccine, you may decide to go to a different vet to get the shot. Vaccines from each of these conditions have been proven to keep your cat safe.
• Rabies. This is a viral disease that can attack your cat's central nervous system. It can be fatal if it goes untreated. Most states actually require that all cats are given rabies shots. The disease is typically transferred through saliva, and cats generally get rabies from wild animal bites.
• Feline leukemia virus. This condition is one that attacks your cat's immune system. And if you don't catch it in time, it typically will kill your cat. The normal symptoms of this disease include weight loss, fatigue, chronic sickness, diarrhea, and a yellowing of your cat's mouth and in its eyes.
• Feline panleukopenia. This condition is also known as feline distemper, and is fatal most of the time for cats. Cats transmit this disease through an infected cat's fleas, blood, urine, feces, or secretions from its nose. This disease may remain in a cat's body for more than a year without you knowing it. It's something that builds over time. It can cause your cat to experience vomiting, fatigue, and dehydration.
• Feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline pneumonitis. These are diseases that attack the respiratory systems of cats. Symptoms include runny nose and sneezing. They are transmitted through coming in contact with the secretions of an infected cat.