Vaccinating your kitten is the best way to prevent certain infectious diseases, some of which are fatal. It is also a way to check the good growth of your kitten on the way to becoming an adult. What to vaccinate against and at what cost? Our responses.
Throughout Its life, your cat can develop many diseases. Some of these infections are incurable and there is only suitable palliative treatment. The best remedy, therefore, lies in the prevention of these diseases. That’s why it will be necessary to carry out a precise and rigorous vaccination of your kitten. It will provide It with adequate protection
What to vaccinate It against?
Usually, your kitten is vaccinated against several potentially fatal diseases:
- typhus, also called panleukopenia Feline. Without vaccination, your cat is at risk of contracting a virus that develops in their bone marrow and digestive tract. Symptoms indicative of the disease are diarrhea and vomiting (with blood). It is difficult to treat viral disease, for which your veterinarian can keep your cat in the hospital for several days. When they succeed in curing this disease, the cat usually has sequelae – among other things digestive – all Its life.
- Coryza. Under this name, hides the association of 3 viruses: one of the herpes virus family such as infectious rhinotracheitis, Reovirus, and Calicivirus. It is a very contagious disease that is transmitted between cats through the air – like a cold. The symptoms are also very suggestive: sneezing, epiphora ( runny eyes), and nasal discharge (runny nose). This is a disease that can cause your cat to be very tired and prevent it from eating properly – the cat needs to smell its food, but if its nose is stuffy …
- The Leukemia cat, also known as FeLV. The course of the disease can be compared to AIDS in humans – but beware, in no case can humans contract this disease. She often does not present any symptoms in her early years, the disease progresses asymptomatically. Then, the animal becomes susceptible to viral and bacterial infections due to its immunodeficiency.
- The Rage. A disease is transmissible to humans. It’s fatal for your cat, within 10 days of the first symptoms appearing. It is a fatal disease in humans too, so it is important to protect your pet to protect yourself too.
The mother’s antibodies stop protecting after 2 months. Your kitten becomes vulnerable and the slightest virus can weaken it, or in the worst case, kill it.
It is therefore advisable to start the vaccination of your cat from this age of 2 months. A vaccine booster will be given to It a month later. A special case of anti-rabies vaccination which can only be done at the age of 3 months. Finally, you will need to focus on getting your cat vaccinated, as part of its booster shots, every year. Especially since the older your cat becomes, the less its immune defenses will allow it to fight viruses and bacteria.
The cost of vaccines?
The health budget has a cost in your cat’s life. Vaccinations are an integral part of your cat’s “medical” life to grow and live in good health. The costs expressed below are those of the vaccination consultation, since before injecting the vaccine, the veterinarian must ensure the good general condition of the animal.
- The vaccine against Leucosis is priced at around 60-70 $.
- Count from 50 to 60 $ for the vaccine against Typhus and Coryza, especially for an apartment cat who does not go out much.
- By adding rabies, the Typhus-Coryza-Rage vaccine amounts to between 50 and 60 $, it depends on the clinics or veterinarians.
- A complete vaccine ( Typhus-Coryza-Leucose-Rage ) is recommended for a cat who goes out. It will cost you between 75 and 90 $.
- The remainder of the primary vaccination (one month later) is around 70 $.
- The passport for the rabies vaccine is between 15 and 20 $ (note, to obtain a passport, the cat must first be identified by an electronic chip).
Vaccination against all diseases of a cat that goes out is essential. On the other hand, if your cat lives exclusively in a closed environment such as in your apartment, the Typhus-Coryza duo may be sufficient. But be careful, as soon as your cat accesses an outdoor space, even if it is only for 15 days of vacation, all vaccine diseases are then recommended.