Why You Should Vaccinate Your Indoor Cats

When you are the owner of indoor cats, you may think that they do not necessarily need the same care than an indoor-outdoor cat might need. People are especially hesitant to vaccinate cats that are indoor only. However, there are many good reasons to vaccinate your indoor cats. Get to know some of those reasons. Then, you can be sure you are doing everything you can to take care of your indoor cats and their health going forward. 

Some Vaccinations Are Legally Required

One of the reasons to get your indoor cats vaccinated is that some vaccinations are legally required. Which vaccinations are required will vary state by state, but nearly all states legally require that cats get the rabies vaccination. 

Rabies is a serious and fatal disease that can be transmitted among mammals, even to people. Because it is so dangerous and transmits between species, you should never skip a rabies vaccination date. Your life and that of your cats could depend on it. 

Your Cat Could Get Out

While you may be very careful to keep your indoor cats indoors, there is always a chance that they could escape when you open the doors. Because of this potential for escape, it is a good idea to get your cat all of the recommended vaccinations, not just the legally required ones. 

Cats can pick up numerous illnesses and diseases if they come across other cats as well as feces, urine, or other bodily fluids from another cat. This is how diseases like feline herpesvirus and others are transmitted. 

Your cat could have a grand adventure (in their minds) if they escape your home, but they could also come home with any number of illnesses if they are not fully vaccinated. 

You Could Carry Something Home

If you go out on a walk or just out and about on the town, there is a chance that you could come into contact with bodily fluids or excrement from another cat. This means that you could inadvertently carry viral particles back on your shoes or clothing that could infect your cats. 

Additionally, if you come into direct contact with another cat, say a friend's pet or something, you have no way of knowing if that cat is fully vaccinated. Therefore, you could carry viral particles from that direct contact with another feline. Because of this risk, it is important to get your cat all of the vaccinations recommended by the veterinarian. 

Knowing these reasons you should vaccinate your indoor cats, you can be sure to schedule a vet appointment at Jones Animal Health Clinic for vaccinations as soon as possible.