So, you have an indoor cat. That means your cat should be safe from parasites and other issues, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. While indoor cats can be less vulnerable to certain parasites and pet diseases, it’s still entirely possible for an indoor cat to contract a disease or parasite. Plus, there are plenty of things that can go wrong and put your cat at risk of a health problem. Here are our top four reasons why you should have your indoor cat vaccinated.
An unplanned escape.
Accidents happen, and it’s all too easy for your indoor cat to slip outside through an open door or window. Often, you won’t notice immediately, which means your cat could spend hours outside – and that’s plenty of time for contact with an outdoor cat carrying a disease or even a rabid animal.
You decide to get another pet.
Even if your indoor cat doesn’t get an infection, bringing another pet into the house can pose a danger. Shelter cats, while humane and generally preferable to breeders, still pose a risk of infecting an unvaccinated cat, and even getting your new pet from a breeder is no guarantee. The only way to keep your existing cat safe is to have them vaccinated, and your vet may also suggest boosters to provide extra protection.
A rabid animal finds its way into your house.
This may sound like a stretch, but it’s not as impossible as you may think. Bats, raccoons, rats, mice, or even other domestic pets can sometimes enter houses through an open door, window, or even a chimney. And, if they’re carrying an infectious disease or parasite, that puts your indoor cat at risk. The only way to keep your indoor cat protected is through a vaccination. In many cases, a rabies vaccine is required by law for all cats. VIP Petcare offers the PureVax rabies vaccine, which is specifically formulated for cats, and represents “best medicine” for cats in preventing the rabies virus. This vaccine is non-adjuvanted, meaning it contains less of the various agents believed to cause fibrosarcomas in cats.
You can inadvertently be a carrier.
Sometimes, even you can pose a risk of infecting your indoor cat! Certain viruses or parasites can be transmitted via your hands, clothes, or shoes, which means you may infect your indoor cat without even knowing.
Furthermore, the truth is that all cats are at risk for parasites from exposure to soil. When cats, dogs, and other animals defecate, they can leave behind microscopic eggs from worms. These eggs are tiny and can lay dormant for long periods of time, allowing them to be picked up on the fur of another animal, so even an indoor cat could get microscopic eggs in its fur by walking in the yard or touching soil from a plant. When cats groom themselves, they swallow these tiny eggs and worms develop in the GI system. Sometimes, these worms can even infect people!
Get Affordable Pet Vaccines from a VIP Petcare Clinic
Keeping your home worm-free is important for the health of your cat and your family, and thankfully, VIP Petcare makes it easy. Our veterinarians provide convenient, affordable worm prevention treatments, worm detection tests, and cat deworming treatments. Ready to get your cat protected? Call us today at (800) 427-7973 or find a pet clinic near you.