Choosing a Vaccination Schedule
Most veterinarians agree that cats should be vaccinated against those diseases that are widespread, cause serious illness and/or are highly contagious. These are called “core” vaccines. Other vaccines may be recommended based on the risk of individual cats being exposed to particular diseases; these are called “non-core” vaccines. Vaccines may, but don’t always, provide absolute protection against the disease vaccinated against. Sometimes, vaccines only reduce the severity of symptoms if a cat becomes infected. The American Association of Feline Practitioners has published guidelines as to which vaccines should or should not be given to cats, and when they should be given. Veterinarians differ in their recommended vaccine protocols, depending upon where they are located and the lifestyle and health of their patients. It is always best to consult with your cat’s veterinarian to come up with the best vaccination schedule for your feline friend.