Anyone Have Any Views On Vaccinosis?

Anyone Have Any Views On Vaccinosis?

by Lisa

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I have heard a few stories as of late about cats dying after being given booster injections. Just wondered if anyone else has any comments about this?

I have a Siamese who is now 13 years old, he had his first injections when he was a kitten, but none since. He is very healthy for his age.
I have just bought three queens and a stud to start breeding. They are overdue with their boosters, and I am wondering whether to have them done or not?


Note: Vaccinosis refers to the negative side effects, sometimes severe that cats might suffer after vaccinations. See Vaccinosis(new window)

Hi Lisa.. Thanks for raising this important point. Although I tend to be a bit cynical due to my life experiences, I feel that cat vaccinations are a money earner for vets and for that reason are over administered to older cats and indoor cats. I hope some other visitors express their views here.

My cat is 17 years and has not had a vaccination for about 4 years or more. She is an indoor/outdoor cat and healthy.

I wrote a post about it: Cat Vaccination Recommendations

See also Feline Infectious Peritonitis Prevention

In the USA convention dictates that annual vaccinations should be for FPV (panleukopenia), FVR (rhinotracheitis), FCV (calicivirus), FeLV (feline Leukemia) and Rabies (rabies is repeated according to type used at beginning).

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Apr 03, 2010 Fort Dodge Vaccines
by: Anonymous

I have noticed on several occasions that kittens vaccinateed with the usual 3 in 1 vaccines nearly always develop chronic diarrhea. Recently one was vaccinated with a 3 in 1 plus Chlamydia and he got diarrhea that did not repond to any medication, and at the same time another got the vacconation without Chlamydia and did not develop diarrhea. Nothing can be proven with just these 2 examples but I have noticed the same on previous occasions with or without Chlamydia.

Diet changes also did not show any improvement. However when they were rehomed to a different country they all improved almost immediately.

Sensitisation to certain items in the environment through vaccine shock may well be what happens. Undoubtably more serious consequencies could have happened.

Feb 06, 2010 Link
by: Michael

Ruth asked me to put this link up:

Vaccinating Your Cat

Jan 16, 2010 Views on Vaccinosis
by: Coco & Kay

I have been very fortunate to have had cats who have been very healthy after having gotten their " Baby Shots " Personally I live on a farm and my cats are both indoor and out doors. I do not believe in over vaccinating any of my animals or my self, as we are an Organic operations here. So cats, dogs and livestock get first shots as it were and nothing else except rabies vaccine. Over the last 35 years I have not had a cat who became sick because of one of the diseases that the boosters were supposed to protect against. Other than Coco ( now just turning 9months ) My youngest cat that dies was 17yrs old and she was a barn cat as a kitten. I have other Barn cats who are spayed or neutered and they are almost feral as far as their liking of humans other than our family members These cats have only had Rabies vaccines. My vet is an old time Farm vet who also does not believe in over medicating animals or humans. So I guess I can only say what we have found and the choice is still up to you.
Regards Kay & Coco at Serenity Farm in Benton City WA.USA

Jan 16, 2010 Lisa I wish I knew
by: Ruth

We are in a quandry too ! Our 2 boyz Walter and Jozef are now 8 years old and they had the full course of vaccinations as kittens and a yearly booster since.
They are due again soon but we have heard so much lately about booster vaccinations doing more harm than good, that we really don't know what to do for the best.
When I first started vet nursing vaccinations weren't such an important thing,in fact our first cats were done at all and lived long healthy lives.
But then it became that vets wouldn't take clients on if they didn't have their pets vaccinated,so it became accepted and routine. But it didn't seem so much about making money in those days as it is now with more staff to pay and larger premises to upkeep etc.
Since I retired, vets practices have moved on even more,the older vets we knew and trusted have retired or died and now I'm just like any other client, it doesn't matter that I was once 'one of them' as they don't know me.
Our boyz do go out but so do many more around here which haven't ever been vaccinated. For example a neighbour's cat Narla, she's 12 years old now and as far as I know has never seen a vet since she was spayed.
I wish we could get an unbiased view on whether vaccinations are essential or not !

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Jan 15, 2010 vaccinations
by: kathy

I once read somewhere that the vaccinations that you give your pet when they are young should actually last for the life of the animal after the series of the three are given. I too agree that they are just a money maker for the vets. I can see giving them if the animal becomes sick you dont want to take any chances. I wish I could find a vet that would give prescriptions for the meds out of the magazines or online. In Illinois you can order the vaccinations all but the rabies you just cant get the syringes.

Jan 15, 2010 My Vet & Vaccinations
by: Riverside Robyn

I have taken in two ill stray kittens in the past two years. When I've taken them to the vet for treatment, I've had them tested for a broad range of diseases at the same time. True, this added about $70 to the vet bill, but I have peace of mind, and can safely introduce the new kitten to the other cats.

BTW, I have a great vet who also feels that vaccinations are not needed for healthy indoor cats. She is also willing to give prescriptions for medications I can get cheaper online. When I have the cats "fixed," I can also choose the level of pain meds. (My friend had her cat neutered at the county facility, and they administered no pain medication after the operation--the cat was miserable for a week.) Since this vet doesn't "run up the bill," I am more willing to go to her with my concerns.

A good vet is like a good mechanic--a little more up front, but it will better in the long run.

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