Vaccines for Indoor Cats?

Q

Does my indoor cat need vaccines?

A

The short answer is, “Yes”. Your cat may not go outside, but you do. Many disease causing organisms can survive just fine on your clothing or skin until you get home to your cat. And many are airborne, so you wouldn’t necessarily have to come into direct contact with another cat.

Another thing to remember is that rabies vaccinations are required by Summit county law. This is because the most common carrier of rabies in this county is bats. Bats will readily enter homes and cats are very likely to find this bird-meets-mouse invader an irresistible plaything.

Most important to remember is that each vaccine comes with a complete exam. Your veterinarian will be looking for any indication that your pet is not in perfect condition. Catching many disease processes in their early stages can make all the difference in the world.

An interesting side note is that roundworm eggs can be tracked in on your shoes and fleas will willingly accept a ride on your pant legs, so you’re not off the hook there, either. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (330)650-2929.

Dr. Mark