Infectious Cat Diseases and Vaccines

As mentioned before, the proverbial resistance of cats refers exclusively to their aptitude to survive the most terrible injuries. However, cats are extremely sensitive to infections and possess little resistance. In such cases, it is better to talk to your veterinarian with time to take any necessary action.

That is why, one must not wait to see if it will be affected or not by a disease. In effect, once it is declared, the infection is very difficult to treat and perspectives of success are low (infectious feline enteritis, flu) or lead to death (rabies). Even modern medicine, can fail with these viral infections, such as antibiotics.

It is only possible to obtain an effective protection against the three affections mentioned above with a correct application of preventive vaccines. Unfortunately, no vaccine exists against all infectious diseases. 

Three viral infections, feline leucosis, peritonitis and feline immunodeficiency, are all chronic, they extend throughout years. A specific treatment is not possible for any of the three. You can read all kind of fantasies about these diseases. What we are about to say about them are considered scientifically confirmed. 

Vaccination certificate
Whenever we buy a cat, they assure us, it has been vaccinated. However, we should ask, when? Against what? With what frequency? What kind of vaccine? Without any of these answers, guaranteed information from the salesman won’t do you any good or very little.

Active immunization
Preventive vaccines here mentioned constitute the so-called active immunization of the vaccinated animal. Active immunization is the introduction into the body of killed or satisfied microorganisms for the purpose of stimulating the body’s defense mechanism. It really is an authentic meritorious work. Nevertheless, we will have to pay attention to two issues:

  • Only a strong and healthy organism can form with enough velocity antibodies with sufficient quantity. Debilitated, sick or infected animals create few or none; vaccination is ineffective and it only causes expenses.
  • Even the formation of antibodies has to pass a certain time. Meanwhile, they face infections without any protection. That is one of the reasons why customs are not allowed to accept recent vaccinated cats against rabies right before a trip.

Vaccination of young cats adds to a tough problem. With their mothers milk, as it should be, they have had to receive antibodies against the most important affections. Those small and defenseless creatures there by are well protected for a while from the world’s clemencies. Approximately up to the twelfth week of life, you can observe the presence of these special substances, also known as maternal antibodies. Their transcendental function consists of protecting kittens from infections. Now, if one administers a vaccine before the twelfth week of life, because the kittens have to leave the house, antibodies go against the vaccine. The efficiency remains mostly neutralized and the protective effect is very little. That is why it is important to repeat vaccination in young cats.

As you can see, vaccination doesn’t mean injecting in a hurry and seeing effectiveness and with extraordinary vaccines that can be bought now a day. It is about a fine balance between risks of disease, age, consideration in special circumstances taking care of cats, thinking in an infectious situation, and many more things. A veterinarian can only achieve this; that is why now to eliminate any risks; all vaccines need a medical prescription. 

Vaccination plans have been designed as an important support, but cannot replace a veterinarian’s advice.

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