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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Should I vaccinate me cat?

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Q.I have a 1½-year-old female cat. Since she is an indoor cat who only occasionally goes out on a leash in the backyard, I have not had her vaccinated. My vet says that if she goes outside at all, she is at risk, since some diseases are airborne. Can you advise?

 

A.For cats, I go along with the recommendations (if there is potential exposure) that have come out of the University of Wisconsin veterinary college: vaccinate at 12 weeks of age or older with a feline panleukopenia (distemper) vaccine, and never vaccinate again for the life of the pet. You will need to vaccinate for rabies as required by law in your area.