Is it unhealthy for an indoor cat to not get it's yearly shots?

I have two healthy, young cats, 1 1/2 years old. When I adopted them, they had all their important shots and de-worming. I haven’t taken them to the vet because it’s nearly impossible to get them inside their cat carrier (I end up with bloody hands!). Since they are young, healthy, indoor cats, is it ok to not get their yearly shots?

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    8 Responses to “Is it unhealthy for an indoor cat to not get it's yearly shots?”

    1. Kelly Says:

      According to the vaccine protocol that we use ( and this will vary a great deal) FVRCP should be given yearly until age 2..and then every 3 years after that. Rabies at 1 year, and every 3 after that. I know that you say your cats are strictly indoor, but remember the "what if" scenario. I have had too many clients who refused to have their cats spay/neutered or vaccinated because they "never go outside"..yea..until they get out. It happens in the most cautious of homes, so it is always better to be safe than sorry. They will need their yearly physical, vaccines or not. Most diseases in cats are found at yearly exams when the owner didnt even notice any symptoms. The earlier something is caught, the better the outcome of treatment.

      To get them used to the carrier, try leaving them out with the doors open and place a favorite treat or some food inside occasionally. Eventually they will come to think of the carrier as a friendly place, and not something so scary. One of my cats would try to kill ya if you put him in the carrier. After leaving it out and open for a couple of months…I couldnt get him out of it!

    2. Gina Says:

      As long as they aren’t exposed to other animals, not really. Its recommended, but if they aren’t going to come into contact with anything carrying diseases, there’s really no danger. That said, if they’ve ever caught any mice, rats, etc. indoors, they do need their shots. Plus, there’s no guarantee that they wont escape some day, and if they do you’ll wish you’d had them vaccinated.

    3. Cat Lvr Says:

      If they’ve had the full round of shots (including boosters) they should be fine. In fact, continued vaccination can actually cause sarcoma.

      However, your cats still need to see the vet once a year – shots or no shots.

    4. CTU Says:

      Usually the rabies vaccine is required by law depending on where you live.

      I have 3 indoor cats and they do not get their yearly vaccinations. It has been studied that too much vaccinations can cause a cancer called "Sarcoma" at the injection site. Here are a few sites which explains….


    5. Sandy Davis Says:

      no dont be stupid take your cat in because if it some how got outside n if ppl called around to let places know your cat got out they would end up putting it down because they dont have records of that cat n if someone got hurt they would cut your cat head off because it dont have its shots w/e you do get the shots i hav an indoor can mine goes in every vet check up it needs. whatever we do outside we bring it in our cats lick or get it all over them we bring germs from outside into our home exposing our pets to everything as if they were the one outside so please take your cat in n do the shots your cat will love you for being a proud n loving n caring pet owner please dont put your life n your cats life in danger i have ppl tell me they really dont matter i hav asked my vets n they perfer the pets healthy plus what if you had little kids around or something if that kid got hurt n sick them ppl could call it in n hav ur cat put to sleep so please get the shots for the cat.

    6. Lisa Says:

      yes cause it may catch rabies or other diseases

    7. Kerryann Says:

      Depending on the laws in your area, your cats might be required by law to get their rabies shots. Yearly vaccination isn’t always necessary because the vaccines do last more than one year in your cat’s system. However yearly examination is very important. Here’s an article on different methods to get your cat into the carrier.
      http://www.cat-health-101.com/vet-trip-tricks-to-comfort-your-cat.html Good luck, hope one of them work. How about asking your vet to come to your house, some vets do that.

    8. bloomorningglory Says:

      In most areas rabies is required by law every 1-3 years. If not required, it’s recommended at least every 3 years. FVRCP is also recommended every 3 years. Some of the vaccinated items can be carried inside by you, so just being indoor isn’t considered a good reason to skip vaccines. So I would say it’s fine not to get them yearly, but you should get them every few years.

      If they don’t like carriers, there are other options. In my city we have a couple of vets that will make housecalls so no carrier required 🙂 Otherwise you can try to get them to like the carrier. Leave it where they can get to it year round. Every day at varying times, bring the cat where they can watch you throw treats in the carrier. Let them get the treats at their own pace. Then on vet day, they should be used to walking in there for the treat and you can toss it in and close the door after them.

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