If my cat never goes outside, why does she need vaccines?

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It can seem needless to vaccinate a cat who never goes outside but it is still very important.

Firstly, the law in North Carolina (as with most of the USA), is that all cats should be vaccinated against rabies and their shots must be kept up to date. This means annually in most states but do check with your veterinarian. This applies whether your pet goes outside or not, which is sensible because even the most vigilant cat owner can be caught out if their pet is determined to escape!

Obviously indoor cats will be exposed far less to the viruses we vaccinate against than indoor ones but remember they still may go into catteries (who usually will require up-to-date injections) and it is possible for you to carry infections on your clothes, especially if you have had contact with other cats.

Also, routine vaccinations means that your cat will be regularly checked over by a vet. The importance of this cannot be underestimated as a way of picking up on diseases, particularly in their early stages. Never forget that cats are masters at hiding signs of illness!

Ultimately, apart from Rabies, exactly what your cat should be protected against and how often is a decision for you to take in discussion with your veterinarian. They will be able to advise you and tailor a vaccine schedule purrfect for her needs! | 02.06.16 @ 15:24
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