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We have stop vaccinations for all of our cats and kittens.We keep our felines indoor and ensure no contact with other cats' Should owners insist on vaccines, we strongly advise them to do a vaccine titers first However, do consider the risk-benefit analysis.

Please do not vaccinate for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus - aka "feline AIDS"), FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), bordatella, giardia, or chlamydia.

Keep in mind that if you do decide to vaccinate for FIV (an adjuvanted, and very ineffective, vaccine), your cat will now test 'positive' since the FIV test cannot tell the difference between an infected cat and a vaccinated cat. 

FVRCP vaccine has been proven to cause kidney inflammation (nephritis).

Chlamydia vaccines used to be routinely administered but this organism is no longer considered to be a 'core' pathogen.  Therefore, vaccination for chlamydia should only be considered in situations where the need can be substantiated through testing.

         Side effects

  • sarcomas (cancerous tumors)

  • chronic kidney disease

  • allergic or anaphylactic reaction

  • vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy

    About Feline Leukemia Shots

    It used to be that feline leukemia vaccinations were recommended by veterinarians for all cats. After a kitten has undergone its kitten shots, the feline leukemia vaccine was optimally recommended as an annual shot. However, more knowledge and research has been done on the FeLV vaccine since its inception. It turns out that the FeLV shot involves some risk for developing cancer.

    The FeLV vaccine is currently thought to be between 75 to 85 percent effective at warding off the effects of the feline leukemia virus. However, it carries a substantial risk of causing a certain cancer called "sarcoma" in cats. Sarcomas are cancerous tumors that require invasive efforts to remove. In fact, many times these tumors cannot be removed and prove fatal to the cat. The FeLV vaccine is not the only vaccine implicated in vaccine-related sarcomas, but it is a vaccine that is no longer considered necessary for all cats.

    Due to the risk of vaccine-related sarcomas and other possible side effects, the FeLV vaccine is now being recommended by veterinary experts for only "at-risk" cats. If your cat's lifestyle does not pose a reasonable risk for contracting the feline leukemia virus, your vet should not administer the vaccine to your cat.

    Which Cats Are at Risk?


    Most veterinarians and animal rights groups recommend keeping domestic cats indoors, particularly if you live in a city environment. Keeping your cat indoors greatly reduces your cat's ability to acquire the numerous communicable diseasesthat inhabit the feline world. Feline leukemia is spread from cat to cat and is easily contracted in the outdoor environment. Cats that remain indoors with their owners have very little chance of picking up FeLV. If you own an indoor animal that is never exposed to other felines, there is really no need to vaccinate for FeLV.

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