Ask Seth: Shots for Indoor Cats

Greetings Seth, I would like to know if vaccinations are really needed for indoor cats. Some vets tell me "Yes", some vets tell me "No". My feline is 11 years old and she is indoors 100% of the time. Judy

As the caretaker, you have the right to do your homework on what you think is best for your pet.  Cats that are 100% indoors should have been vaccinated as a kitten against many of the things that they can be exposed to in nature.  Discuss with your veterinarian the options for vaccinating or not.  Some states require that rabies is given every three years.   I recommend at least this one because rabid things can get into the house, even if we don’t like to admit it.  One of the reasons I would recommend vaccination is so your animal does not pick up a respiratory infection when you bring her in to the vet for a checkup.  It is ultimately your decision to vaccinate an indoor cat or not.  There is no one right answer for all cats, but indoor cats are very rarely exposed to outside vectors.

Do you have an indoor cat? What did you decide about vaccinating? Share with us in the comment section!

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