What Vaccines Does a Cat REALLY Need?



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I was asking some vet friends about common misconceptions and old wives tales. We hear them all the time. This was one that came to the top of the list.

Some people are under the misconception (or they have been given the wrong information) that when they acquire their kittens or cats they have already been given all the vaccines they need – for life.

This is NOT true.

You would not believe how many kittens I've seen over the years that became sick with some preventable disease. They received some vaccines but not everything that they needed.

Some people are concerned about over-vaccination. Is it possible to over-vaccinate? Yes it is. For those of you that want to know more, I have the perfect article for you.

What Vaccines Does Your Cat Really Need? This article will tell you.

I'm curious. Do you think that your veterinarian over-vaccinates your pet? Take our poll. I'm interested in your comments.

Here is another very good article – The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out – What Veterinarians Don't Want You to Know.

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.