As a fur parent, your top priority will be to ensure your fur baby’s health. Cats and kittens are at increased risk of developing life-threatening diseases after they are weaned, and the antibodies they receive from their mothers have stopped working; hence it is crucial to get them vaccinated.
If you are a new pet parent confused about the vaccines that will have to be given, the cost that you will incur, and the frequency at which you will have to give them, then worry not because we are here to guide you through this. Just scroll down for answers to your doubts! So let’s have a look at them.
What is Cat Vaccination?
Feline vaccination or cat vaccination is the antibodies or dead viruses of diseases that are given to cats to protect them from infectious diseases; in the absence of a vaccine, these diseases can sometimes prove fatal to your cat’s life.
Cat vaccinations are vital and should be taken by every cat to protect it from the diseases that the cat might get exposed to from their environment, humans, or even other pets. There are some essential vaccinations that are important for all cats and some which are optional. You can read about them below.
What is the Cost of Vaccinating a Cat?
There are basically three vaccines that need to be given to your cat to protect it from diseases. The cost of getting these vaccines is based on the type of vaccine, the hospital that you take it from, and the number of vaccines that you decide to take. On the whole, the cost of taking all three vaccines will be around 3000 rupees, subject to various factors. To understand the cost better, let’s look at the different factors that will influence the cost-
Types of Vaccines
There are basically three types of vaccines that can be given to your cat they are –
This is also called the feline distemper vaccine and will help protect your cat from diseases like rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. These are three airborne diseases that can prove fatal for your cat if not protected.
Rhinotracheitis is a disease of the upper respiratory tract caused in cats that is highly contagious. The vaccine for this disease lasts for about 3 years, so follow-up vaccinations after the end of the tenure are necessary. You can consult your doctor about the same.
Calicivirus is a disease that is caused by a calicivirus. It causes an upper respiratory infection which is very contagious. Symptoms of this disease are – fever, mouth ulcers, sneezing, gum disease, among others. Advanced levels of the disease can be fatal. Vaccination is vital for this disease as it spreads very quickly with contact with an infected cat. Vaccination is the only way to prevent this disease from happening.
The disease after which the vaccine is named is panleukopenia, more commonly known as “distemper.” Symptoms of this disease include fever, loss of appetite, seizures, etc. This is a highly contagious disease, and vaccination is vital to ensure your cat’s safety.
When Kittens are born, they have a natural immunity acquired from their mothers, which stays with them for the first few weeks of their lives. The immunity starts to vanish after 8 months after they have weaned, so Vaccinations should start at around 8 weeks old, and after that, there should be a series of about 3-4 follow-ups which can be 2 weeks apart.
This will not be the end; your cats will need to be vaccinated. Your cat should also receive a vaccination every 1-3 years. For a more correct time frame, you should consult your doctor, who will plan a vaccination schedule for your cat based on its breed and requirements.
The cost of taking the FVRCP can be between 500- 1000 rupees. Remember that you will have to take the vaccine more than once to keep your cat in prime health; the frequency of vaccination has been mentioned in the below sections.
The feline leukemia vaccine will protect your cat from the feline leukemia virus. Feline leukemia is a virus that spreads when a healthy cat comes in contact with the saliva or nasal secretions of an infected cat. This disease can spread rapidly in outdoor cats; hence if you have an outdoor cat, you should make sure to vaccinate it. If not vaccinated, the virus attacks the immune systems and can be fatal.
The expense of giving your cat a feline leukemia vaccine can cost between 500- 1000 rupees.
Rabies is an infectious disease that is transmitted from cats to cats through the saliva when a healthy cat is bitten by another cat that has been infected. The rabies vaccine is required by the law to be given to your cat. Even if you have an indoor cat and think that they won’t contract the virus, that is wrong thinking, and your cats should be vaccinated in case they get out, or by chance, an infected cat got into your house. If a cat contracts the virus, then in all cases, it will have to be put down.
The cost of getting a rabies vaccine for your cat can range between 200 to 500 rupees.
The frequency at which you will have to vaccinate your cat will also play a part in deciding how much you will have to spend on vaccinating your cat in one year. The frequency at which you will have to vaccinate your cat will be suggested to you by your vet, but to get a general idea –
If you have a kitten, then it will most probably have received antibodies from its mother to protect it from diseases, but after that, vaccines will have to be administered to keep it safe from lethal diseases.
When the kitten is 6- 10 weeks old, it will have to be given the first shot of FVRCP (feline distemper). At 11-14 Weeks Old it will be administered the FVRCP (feline distemper) and the FeLV (feline leukemia) vaccines. After the cat has reached above 15 Weeks Old, the FVRCP (feline distemper), FeLV (feline leukemia), and rabies vaccine will be given.
Adult cats will be required to get vaccinated once a year at least, but the frequency required for each cat will be different based on their breed, lifestyle, etc. hence you should consult your vet to understand the frequency, which will be perfect for your furry friend.
The clinic that you choose for getting your cat vaccinated will play a huge role in deciding how much you might end up paying for the vaccine. If the clinic is a private one located in the urban region, then the cost of vaccination will be higher than when you would have to get it done in a public government clinic.
Most private clinics have vaccination plan combos in which the doctor will draw up the frequency of vaccination that will be required by your cat by looking at its breed, lifestyle, etc. He will then calculate the cost of vaccination for a year; this cost will be lower than what you will have to pay if you go for the vaccination individually. This can be a great way to save money on cat vaccinations; check the vet clinic that you go to if they offer any vaccination plans.
An added advantage of this, apart from the cost, will be that the clinic will keep reminding you when its time for the next vaccine so that you dont first it; this is a handy feature for working cat moms and dads who might find it difficult to keep track of their furry pets vaccination schedules.
Apart from the vaccine, you will also have to pay for the doctor’s time. All veterinary doctors will have a certain consultation or appointment fee, which will be added to your total bill; this amount can range between 200 – 1000 rupees based on the experience of the vet and the clinic that he or she operates from.
Many times clinics will offer certain other facilities with vaccination like deworming or spaying; this will obviously have extra cost than what you would have to pay for vaccination alone. You can assume you would have to pay between 200 – 1000 rupees for these amenities. These are usually optional, but getting them done might be beneficial for your cat, and your vet will recommend them to you.
Q. Do indoor cats need vaccination?
Yes, even if you have an indoor cat, it should be vaccinated with at last the core vaccines to keep it protected from the highly contagious diseases.
Q. Can I vaccinate my cat myself?
Yes, you can vaccinate your cat yourself, but it would be better if you got it done by a trained professional to prevent any accidents.
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Vaccinations are essential to protect your cat and should be given from time to time. As a new pet parent, it can get difficult to understand the vaccines that need to be given and their prices, but after reading this article, you will be more transparent about the same and will be able to plan your expenses knowledgeably.
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