I have not been giving my cats shots and they remain healthy

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Several years ago Leo wrote in one of his newsletters that cats who have had annual shots for several years (I forget the exact wording here) do not need to continue with them. In fact, a visit to the vet can do more harm than good since it is possible for them to pick up a virus while there. I have not been giving my cats shots and they remain healthy, but I worry that I am doing them some sort of harm, especially since they are indoor/outdoor pets. I’d appreciate your comments.

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Asked on July 15, 2015 7:39 pm


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Current American Animal Hospital Association recommendations for 1 for cats and dogs are as follows.

Vaccinate with a series as a puppy and kitten, followed with a booster at one year old, then booster every three years. They do caution that some regions may need more frequent if there is a particular problem in our area. Contact a number of veterinarians in your area to see what they recommend.

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Answered on July 15, 2015 7:40 pm