Vaccinations are essential in keeping your cat healthy and active for many years to come. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, IL, we offer core and non-core vaccines to protect your cat from any infections and diseases. The vaccines we offer will improve your cat’s immune system so that, in the event of exposure to a particular life-threatening disease, the immune system automatically releases antibodies to fight the disease. These vaccines are vital. Our veterinary team will discuss with you which vaccines your cat needs.
Core Vaccines for Cats
The core vaccines are required for all cats and are administered to protect them from several diseases. They include:
- Rabies: This is a contagious virus that affects the central nervous system and the brain of your cat. It can be fatal after seven days if not treated before the symptoms appear. In most states, a rabies vaccine is a requirement by law, as it can be transmitted to other mammals or even human beings. This happens if an infected cat bites, passing it through saliva.
- Feline calicivirus (FCV): This causes severe respiratory infections, commonly in young cats. Vaccination against the virus is vital for your cat.
- Feline panleukopenia (FPV): Also known as distemper, this is a fatal viral disease that affects the blood cells in the bone marrow, skin, and the intestinal tract, leading to anemic ailment. This infection is highly contagious and dangerous.
- Feline leukemia virus (FeLV): This disease causes anemia in cats and suppresses their immune systems, exposing them to other deadly infections. The vaccine is administered to protect your cat from the virus, which can be transferred from one cat to another through blood, saliva, faces, and urine.
- Feline herpesvirus (FHV1): This infection affects the cat’s upper respiratory system. The virus is spread through saliva and can be contagious.
Noncore Vaccines for Cats
On the other hand, we also administer non-core vaccines. These may be necessary for some cats depending on their health and environment. These vaccines protect your cat from the following diseases:
- Bordetella bronchiseptica: This causes coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge that can lead to severe pneumonia.
- Chlamydophila felis: This is caused by bacteria that affects the delicate membranes that protect the inner surface of the eyelids, leading to watery ocular discharge and inflammation.
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV): This affects the immune system of the cat, making the cat susceptible to other deadly infections.
There are several other noncore vaccines that our veterinarians may recommend.
Book Your Pet’s Appointment
If you have a kitten that needs to be vaccinated, or need to keep up with your cat’s vaccine schedule, we can help. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, IL, we can let you know what vaccines your cat needs. To schedule an appointment, call us today.