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Vaccines: Non-Core Ones Needed by Cats

Many of us are often left wondering which vaccines keep our pets healthy.

Questions such as are they (1) eating right, (2) urinating/pooping normally, getting enough exercise can arise.

Answering “yes” to those questions should let you know that you’re on the right track. On the other hand, additional things can help preserve the long-term health of your pet cat. For instance, vaccinations can help your pet avoid diseases that cause numerous health problems and possibly death.

In an earlier article posted on January 24, we discussed the core vaccinations that every pet cat must have. Now, let’s focus on the non-core vaccinations that are optional but may still be helpful depending on specific factors.

Feline Bordetella Bronchiseptica Vaccines

Bordetella bronchiseptica can cause breathing problems, coughing, and discharge of nasal fluids among cats. It could also be the reason why your pet cat suddenly becomes more sluggish.

UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine says it’s non-threatening to older cats but can cause problems in kittens.  If your kitten will spend a lot of time with older cats, obtaining this vaccination is wise.

The Chlamydia Celis Vaccines

Though cats that come into contact with chlamydia celis aren’t necessarily in grave danger, the aforementioned bacterium can still be problematic because of how it can affect eyesight. Cats that get infected may suffer from conjunctivitis and that could go along with a noticeable drop in appetite and energy.

This is another vaccine you should consider getting for your pet if you know he/she will often be around other cats and you’re aware that chlamydia is in their medical history.

The environment your cat lives in is an important consideration when it comes time to get vaccinations. While the feline bordetella bronchiseptica and chlamydia celis vaccines are not needed in many cases, they may prove to be difference-makers in others.

As always, talk to your vet and ask about the specific medical needs of your pet so that you can meet them.

Need someone to watch over your other pet cats as you take one to the vet? You can ask us at TAILored CAT Services to take on that job. Contact us by phone by calling 425-923-7791 or browsing our website.

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