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You do not see the point of vaccinating your alley cat who happily goes from garden to garden with a customary nonchalance ...
You think your purebred cat is protected from disease because he loungs on your couch all day. What if you were wrong ...
We tell you all about cat diseases and the benefits of vaccination.
Cat and vaccination
Vaccinating your cat is not nor a trivial act (appearance of cancer or allergies for some) nor a compulsory act. Yet it is recommended establish a personalized vaccination schedule with your veterinarian based on the risk to which your cat is exposed.
The greater the number of vaccinated cats, the more contagious diseases can be eradicated. There are five main diseases that can be addressed in cats:
- Contamination : by contact with the faeces of infected cats (community, breeding, exhibition, contaminated clothing, sharing the same litter) or through the fetus.
- Symptoms observed:Loss of appetite, severe fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, severe dehydration and fever (disease equivalent to canine parvovirus).
- Vaccination recommended for all cats. Injection at two months, three months, four months, one year and then every three years.
- Contamination : Is transmitted in the community (sneezing, projection of infected mucus, contaminated material).
- Symptoms observed:wheezing, cough, discharge from the eyes and nose, loss of appetite, mouth ulcer, salivation, fever. Incubation for two to four days. Note that a cat that we manage to save will always carry coryza. Seizures will be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, inhalations, L-Lysine supplements, antivirals, and eye cleansers.
- Vaccination recommended for all cats. Injection at two months, three months, four months, one year. Annual vaccine booster.
- Contamination :in community or outdoors.
- Symptoms observed: conjunctivitis with discharge of tears, red swollen eyelids with blinking. Dry cough and sneezing. It can be transmitted to people who are immunocompromised. It is often a complication of common cold.
- Vaccination recommended for breeding cats (breeding), cats that frequent boarding houses or exhibitions.Ask your vet if this vaccine is relevant to your cat and if so, how often it should be done.
- Contamination : virus contained in saliva. The disease is spread by biting or licking (on an open wound) an animal carrying the virus. It's a zoonosis(disease transmissible to humans).
- Symptoms observed: disease that attacks the nervous system. It is incurable and fatal once declared. You should be concerned if your cat changes behavior, is agitated, meows in different ways, saliva, has squint or has difficulty moving.
- Vaccination recommended for all cats at the age of one. Annual vaccine booster.
ATknow about rabies and cats: if a case of rabies is found in your area, any cat found to be stray will be euthanized if not chipped (or tattooed) and vaccinated against rabies. He will have to show a valid passport with his rabies vaccine to cross the borders.
- Contamination : saliva, blood, protrusion, in the mother's womb and breast milk.
- Symptoms observed: infectious disease that destroys the immune system. It causes tumors and skin diseases. It attacks the respiratory tract, digestive organs and blood.
Vaccination at two months, three, months, four months. Vaccine booster every three years. Cats who live in an apartment and never go out are not affected.
Smart advice on cat diseases
- If you think that your kitten has cat typhus (a crippling vice for a sale), you must go to your veterinarian as soon as possible. It will establish you a certificate of suspicion. If the disease is confirmed within 30 days, you can request reimbursement from the breeder, as unfortunately this disease is incurable and fatal for your kitten.
- For leukosis disease, a blood test can be done from the age of four months to see if your dog is a carrier of the disease.
To meditate : "You don't choose a cat, he chooses you. " Philippe Ragueneau
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