What Does a Vaccine Do For My Cat?

At VIP Petcare, we believe ongoing vaccinations throughout the life of your pet are critical to its health and happiness. Cats need vaccinations to prevent diseases than can shorten their life, and our staff is knowledgeable and educated about which vaccines are best for your cat based on his or her individual lifestyle.

By vaccinating your cat you help protect your furry friend from various diseases including rabies, distemper, herpesvirus, calcivirus and feline leukemia. Vaccinations also help lessen the spread of infectious diseases throughout pet populations, saving your cat from contracting avoidable diseases. Vaccinating against zoonotic diseases, or diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people (e.g. rabies), not only protects your pet, but you as well.

How do vaccines work?

In simple terms, vaccinations encourage the production of antibodies, or tiny proteins, that fight disease. If an animal encounters a specific virus, the animal’s immune system kicks into gear producing the antibodies necessary to fight the virus.

Overall, vaccinations are and should be seen as an important part of your cat’s healthcare routine. A little prevention can save you dollars in treatment and extend the life of your furry feline. If you have questions, feel free to visit our staff at a Community Clinic near you or contact us.