The vet clinic I take my cats to has a medical plan in which a low monthly payment pays for all office visits, exams, and most vaccinations. My cat's yearly contract is running out so he will be receiving his shots soon. The list of shots included in the plan are distemper, rabies, leukemia, giardia, rhino-calci virus, and infectious peritonitis. That sounds like too many shots. Which of these shots are really necessary and which aren't? My cats are indoor cats, btw. Never in their lives have they stepped foot outside.

The clinic I used to take them to only demanded they get 2 vaccinations: distemper and rabies. All others were optional.
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The vet clinic I take my cats to has a medical plan in which a low monthly payment pays for ... clinic I used to take them to only demanded they get 2 vaccinations: distemper and rabies. All others were optional.

I'm no expert, but after doing a little reseach lately on the subject, I have decided my cats will only get rabies/distemper from now on. Why I think that way:
1. Few vaccines are 100% effective.
2. Most vaccines are good for 3 years, if not more. Some may be good forlife.

3. Leukemia is only 85% effective, but the cat will forever testpositive for antibodies, thus making it impossible to know if your cat actually gets the disease. Same for FIV.

4. FIP vaccine has not been proven effective at all.
5. The vaccines do not always prevent disease, but can lessen itssymptoms. If the cat is never exposed, there is no benefit, and possibly a detriment if the cat develops vaccine associated sarcoma.

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The vet clinic I take my cats to has a medical plan in which a low monthly payment pays for ... clinic I used to take them to only demanded they get 2 vaccinations: distemper and rabies. All others were optional.

That's right. You should get what's called the FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) every three years once the kitten shots are complete. The frequency of rabies vaccinations is governed by your local community. It can be every year or every three years, depending on local law. Indoor only cats generally do not need the other vaccinations. I'm not sure any cat really needs or should have the FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) or the FIV vaccine, both of which are controversial.
3. Leukemia is only 85% effective, but the cat will forever test positive for antibodies, thus making it impossible to know if your cat actually gets the disease. Same for FIV.

It is my understanding (from what I've read) that with feline leukemia, vaccination status will not affect the accuracy of the test. With FIV, however, since the current test only tests for antibodies, any cat receiving the vaccine will test positive. The goal is to develop an FIV test that will look for antigens rather than antibodies. The FeLV test detects antigens, so the test is still accurate even if the cat has been vaccinated against FeLV.
4. FIP vaccine has not been proven effective at all.

The only vaccine that would be likely to help prevent FIP would be one that prevents feline coronavirus, and that doesn't yet exist. Some researchers believe the FIP vaccine can actually predispose a cat to develop FIP.
And on the day 06 Nov 2003 23:34:50 GMT, (Email Removed) enlightened us with
3. Leukemia is only 85% effective, but the cat will ... if your cat actually gets the disease. Same for FIV.

It is my understanding (from what I've read) that with feline leukemia, vaccination status will not affect the accuracy of ... The FeLV test detects antigens, so the test is still accurate even if the cat has been vaccinated against FeLV.

I stand corrected. Thanks for that. FIV vacination will result in a positive test, but that is not the case for FeLV.
However, the vaccine is only about 85-90% effective for FeLV and 82% for FIV. The vaccines are adjuvanted (I didn't see a reference to non- adjuvanted, but there may be one available), which puts the cat at risk for sarcoma.
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3. Leukemia is only 85% effective, but the cat will ... if your cat actually gets the disease. Same for FIV.

It is my understanding (from what I've read) that with feline leukemia, vaccination status will not affect the accuracy of the test.

This is apparently true. 2 of my cats get FeLV vaccines due to one being positive and for the first year I had Shamrock tested and he was negative 2x. The new vet doesn't see any reason to do tests unless there is a reason to other than just living with a positive cat.
circa Thu, 6 Nov 2003 18:32:35 -0600, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, kaeli (tiny (Email Removed)) said,
The vaccines are adjuvanted (I didn't see a reference to non- adjuvanted, but there may be one available),

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The vet clinic I take my cats to has a medical plan in which a low monthly payment pays for ... clinic I used to take them to only demanded they get 2 vaccinations: distemper and rabies. All others were optional.

From what I´ve been reading, all viral vaccinations are good for life. Vaccinations against non-viral diseases are not recommended because they last too little and the diseases caused by these non-viral pathogens are usually not hard to treat and are usually associated with a weak immune system. If I were you, I´d allow the cat to receive only the rabies vaccine every 3 years.
From what I´ve been reading, all viral vaccinations are good for life. Vaccinations against non-viral diseases are not recommended because ... weak immune system. If I were you, I´d allow the cat to receive only the rabies vaccine every 3 years.

This is something that has been bugging me for a while. Does anyone know if animal vaccinations are modified to allow for viral mutation? The reason I wonder is because every year at this time, we humans are urged to get flu shots because the virus that causes the flu every year mutates and the one from last year isn't any good anymore (supposedly).
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