A Guide to Vaccinations . . .

Prevention is a very important word when it comes to healthcare. Not only is prevention the key in our own personal lives, but it’s also true in our Ragdoll cats’ lives.

Prevention of any disease assures the best quality life for your Ragdoll and costs less than treating a disease. Vaccinating your cat is the best and least costly way to prevent disease. Without a vaccination program, many cats will come down with a serious or even fatal disease at some time in their lives.

Our Site strongly supports vaccinating your Ragdoll. Below are the most important vaccines for your Ragdoll. Of course, a vaccination program will be set by your veterinarian to suit your specific cat.

Feline Leukemia:
The Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV) suppresses the cat’s immune system, leaving it unable to fight off other infections, such as pneumonia. Feline Leukemia is fatal and very contagious from cat to cat. This disease is the number one infectious disease killer of cats, killing nearly 1 million cats per year. A vaccination called Leukocell 2 is available to prevent infection. Two initial doses are given 3 weeks apart, followed by a yearly booster.

All warm-blooded animals . . . dogs, cats, wildlife . . . can become infected with the rabies virus. Because rabies is also a threat to humans, many states have mandatory vaccination requirements for cats and dogs. It is especially important to vaccinate cats against rabies because studies show that . . . of all domesticated animals . . . cats rank top in rabies infection. Cats should be vaccinated for rabies at least 12 weeks or older and again each year or every 3 years, depending on the vaccine used.

Feline Panleukopenia:
Mostly referred to as Feline Distemper, is common and can affect cats of any age. It is almost impossible to prevent exposure, so all cats should be vaccinated. The Distemper virus affects many parts of the cat’s body causing fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, general weakness, tremors, and incoordination. Death can result within 1 week. The Distemper vaccination should be given at 6 to 12 weeks of age and again every year. Kittens less than 12 weeks old are given two to three doses several weeks apart.

Vaccines help protect your cat from infectious diseases, but other aspects of your pet’s health are equally important, especially nutrition and parasite control.

Your veterinarian is your partner in assuring the best preventative care for your Ragdoll companion and will keep you well-informed about new developments for providing a long, healthy life for your precious Ragdoll.