What are the most essential cat vaccinations that you shouldn’t miss?

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As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to make sure your pet leads a happy and healthy life. Once you get a cat home, the first thing you need to do is make sure they get the vaccines they require. Vaccines are essential as they reduce the chances of your pet contacting deadly diseases, so that they may live a long life. Cat vaccines are scientifically proven to combat the spread of fatal diseases among cats, and as such, their importance cannot be emphasized enough. Here are some cat vaccines that are a must for your cat.

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Core vaccines

There are certain vaccines that are an absolute necessity for all cats regardless of which region they live in or in what whether conditions. There are four core vaccines. They are:

Rabies

FVRCP

? Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

? Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus/Herpesvirus 1 (FVR/FHV-1)

? Feline Panleukopenia (FPV)

These vaccines protect your cat from highly dangerous diseases that are common across the world. Let us take a look at each of these vaccines in detail.

Rabies

Rabies is a fatal disease that can not only affect cats, but humans as well. Cats are naturally not carriers of the disease, but they can acquire rabies if they are bitten by an infected animal. Once a cat is bitten by an infected animal, the cat can spread the disease further. The early incubation stages of rabies are followed by signs of disorientation, aggression and ultimately, death. Rabies is a worldwide endemic and some places require you to get your cat vaccinated against rabies by law. Regardless of whether or not you need to do so by law, it is an absolute must to protect your pet, as well as yourself, from this deadly disease. The rabies vaccine is not a one time vaccine and you will need to vaccinate your cat at regular time intervals. Talk to your vet to know how often your cat must be vaccinated.

FVRCP

Three core vaccines are combined into a three-in-one vaccine that is referred to as the FVRCP vaccine. Having all these vaccines combined as one allows the vet to administer them all in just one injection, which causes less discomfort to your pet as compared to three separate injections.

FPV Vaccine – This vaccine protects your cat from Feline panleukopenia which is highly infectious and common among kittens. This disease kills the white blood cells in your cats, reducing their immunity entirely.

FHV-1 Vaccine – This vaccine can protect your pet from Feline herpesvirus which causes severe respiratory infections as well as pneumonia.

FCV Vaccine – FCV is associated with chronic stomatitis which causes painful gum and teeth inflammation. The vaccine can protect your cat against this painful disease. Visit your vet and make sure you get your cat vaccinated as soon as possible.

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