Should you get a cat a rabies shot?

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  1. NathanP

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    Well,
    As you know our Cat (Satan) will be needing a grooming soon.
    Thing is, should we get it a rabies shot soon?
    I know you get dogs rabies shots, but do you get el gatos rabies shots?
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  2. Larry Schneider

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    Yes, definitely. Cats do get rabies, and are likely to pick it up from, say a sick bat...
     
  3. Ben Motley

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    Dude, take yo l'il Satan in now and get him his rabies, feline distemper, feline leukimia, and FIV (feline HIV)shots. If he's gonna be an outdoor or an outdoor/indoor cat, he's gonna have encounters with other cats (and other animals), both owned and stray, and really should get these shots.
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  4. JamesMH

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    In just about all states, the law says they have to have a rabies shot.
    You get a main shot every 3 years and a booster shot every year inbetween, especially if it goes outside or mixes with other animals in a kennel.
    I have several cats and have never taken them to get groomed. What do they do? Trim/bath them?
     
  5. Julie K

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    Yes, get him his shots. However, I would discuss with the vet about the timing. IIRC, he's a very old cat, isn't he? (Which would explain why he needs the help of a groomer.) Some shots often make cats feel a little bad for a few days, so you might want to spread out all the shots over two trips instead of one.
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    If Satan is a 100% indoor cat, you don't really have to get him a rabies shot as he wouldn't be at risk for exposure.
    That being said, Velcro and Eddie are 100% indoor cats and I get them the shot anyway. Better safe than sorry.
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  7. Julian Reville

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    As posted above, in most states, the law requires rabies vaccinations for dogs AND cats.
    Ben, there is no FIV vaccine available, perhaps you meant FIP (feline infectious peritonitis)? There is a vaccine for this one, although it is not widely used.
    Julian Reville, DVM
     
  8. Jack Briggs

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    Make that cat's final years as comfortable as possible. Nathan, didn't you once say the fella is twenty years old? Even the most minor of medical encounters can be stressful on a cat his age.
    Good luck with Satan. I'm sure you and he will reach a state of comfortable equilibrium. [​IMG]
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  9. Marianne

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    You should read the following before you decide about vaccinating your cat especially if it is older and doesn't go outside.
    Vaccine-induced Sarcoma
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  10. Ben Motley

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    Julian, my vet charged me for an FIV test, not a vaccine. I did lump it in with the shots, but yeah, it was a test, and not a vaccination shot. Sorry for the confusion.
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