Cat Vaccines Concerns

cat vaccines concernsThere is growing concern about cat vaccines, and with good reason. Studies are beginning to surface that point in the direction of over vaccination, and possible harm to our cats health by excessive vaccinations of cats.

Pets need these vaccinations. It will prevent him from contacting a serious disease, a veterinarian might say. Maybe not!  Studies have shown that, yearly vaccination are overlapping previous shots and doing more harm than good.

Generations of over-vaccination have taken its toll on our cats, leading to immune related disease and other negative effects. With all the new data, vets still advise boosters annually and are vaccinating, to often for to many things.

Vaccines for cats do help prevent disease by working with the immune system, but there are negatives. Over-vaccination can cause disease, some of which are: arthritis, leukemia, skin cancer-vaccine induced, inflammatory bowel disease, skin allergies, just to name a few. Cancer is more prevalent in cats under five years of age. Autoimmune diseases are also  linked to over-vaccination.

New Vaccination Guidelines

Studies have shown that a vaccine given at age one,  may provide immunity for their entire lives. Veterinarian’s treat cat’s as a group, not as individuals, and that’s where the problem lies. Is your cat getting the proper nutrition? Are there environmental stresses he has to deal with. His immune system could be weakened and not accept the vaccines well.

With new data, Veterinary schools are changing protocols for shots for cats and are settling on a three year booster, as a guideline.

Do your research, vaccinating you pet should be an individual thing, and guided by the conclusions you have drawn by the data you have compiled.

Think of vaccines as serious medications, and now that we know their can be reactions and side effects to vaccinations for cats. You may want to ask the vet more questions.

Are there indoor cat vaccinations? You may want to make her or him an indoor cat, and would like to put him on a different feline vaccination schedule. An indoor cat is not in contact with unvaccinated animals on the outside, therefore his chance of contacting disease is very low.

The next time you visit the veterinarians office, you should ask if they could  give only the shots that are truly necessary.Remember every state has its own vaccination guidelines. When you visit your vet, ask questions and make the right choices for cat vaccines.