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Informed Consent For Cat Vaccinations — 8 Comments

  1. The trouble is until all vets admit vaccinations can cause problems and that it is unnecessary to have yearly boosters, people who leave their cats in catteries while they go on holiday will continue to put their cats at risk from the possible short term/long term problems over vaccinating can cause, because catteries (here in the UK anyway and I assume other countries too)won’t accept boarders without an up to date certificate of vaccinations.

  2. I have two kittens and I honestly dont know if or what vaccinations to give them. I have read so much about it and still find it hard to decide. Where I live I am sure just about every cat has gotten yearly vaccinations. My vet did say that my last cat did not need a leukemia shot because his mother does not have leukemia. That was pretty decent of him I suppose since he could have just told me it’s a must. I don’t know what to do but the time for their operations is coming and of course this is when they will suggest various shots to be given. I know people who are very anti them, and people who just do them all as instructed, each year. I know of cats who have died from vaccine related sarcoma.. and other horror storys. I rarely hear about bad things happening as a result of not having them though. Any compelling advice as to what I should do with my young kittens?

    • I am a bit confused too. But I don’t see any humans having vaccinations every year (other than the new flu jab that is voluntary and highly dubious as to effectiveness). Cats are similar to humans. And I do not take my cats to the vet for booster vaccinations. That sounds extreme perhaps but so far there has been no adverse consequences. I have a strong feeling that a large number are unnecessary in the same way a yearly car service is unnecessary. Doctors like to administer drugs and all drugs are poisons in some shape or form. Good luck Marc in making your own decision. If we had a full information disclosed to us we could make an informed decision. We don’t.

      • Seems like a first ‘set’ of shots is a good idea, and the ‘boosters’ are not. I will ask him what the first ‘set’ consists of and then read up on what he tells me just to make sure they really are all considered necessary.

        • Sounds right. I just think vaccinations need to be given thought and be less automatic. It depends on the circumstances. At the moment, a lot of the time, it is a routine.

  3. Honestly Micharl, i personally feel that indoor cats living in an enclosed environment like apartments dont require yearly vaccinations after the first initial dosagw of kittenhood.Both my Traditional Persian cats were innoculated as kittens in the first year and since then i have never got them innoculated for either “Rabies” nor “Virus” innoculations.Queen cat Matahari is now 5 years old and her kitten matata is 3 years old.I have taken Matahari to the vet for other medical treatments like abscess formation and laceration treatment but never for her yearly “INNOCULATIONS”.As for tomcat matata , he is the ultimate model of a robust and healthy cat, never having to visit the veterinarian since his innoculations after kittenhood nin 2009! For an “INDOORS CAT”, annual innoculations are not necessary.

    • I agree completely with you Rudolph. In the USA rabies vaccinations are recommended even for indoor cats but I personally believe that vaccinations are in general overdone and vets have generated this money making routine. But I am a bit cynical!

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