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#31 of 35 Old 08-10-2007, 10:22 PM
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You know it all depends on the risks you are willing to take, just like vaxing your own kids. If you vax your kids/cats you are taking the risk of the vax plus getting the illness and if you don't then you risk you kids/cats catching whatever they were supposed to be vaxed for.

I personally have 3 cats all indoor/outdoor cats. I hate kitty litter so when they are old enough they are encouraged to go outside to use the potty. My female cats are 10, 3, and 2. After they get fixed and a rabies shot I don't take them to the vet anymore, even to get a rabies booster. They all appear to be healthy and I know they are happy.

My MIL had a cat a couple of years ago that they religiously took to the vet, got all his shots plus extras, spoiled him rotten and only lived 2 years. He got some urinary tract problem, twice. The first time they paid over $1000 for surgery to remove the problem, but after the second time they decided it must be his time to go. He was a indoor/outdoor cat but only stayed in the yard when he was outside. I'm sure there are stories for both shots and no shots like this one.

Getting cats' shots doesn't necessarily mean that they'll live longer, healthier lives from my experience. The last 2 cats didn't even go to the vet while they were kittens. I went to the tractor supply store and gave them their first shots myself. I haven't done any research on vaxes for pets. This is only from my years of living with cats.
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Vaccine Guide for Dogs and Cats what Every Pet Lover Should Know. They have it at Amazon, get it, read it. There is no difference between a 1 year and a 3 year rabies vax. It is the exact same vax and the timing is determined by local government.
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We do vax every 3 years since ours occasionally slip out. Research has shown the vax actually protect for that long.

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My indoor cats, who have been with me since they were kittens, are not vaccinated. I also do not take them to the vet unless there is something wrong.
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Originally Posted by phatchristy View Post
I posted the AAFP guidelines on page 1 of this thread...:

It basically summarizes what the DVM above said.
Sorry missed that. Thank you!

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