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Old 16-12-2008, 11:46 PM
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Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

Can anyone help please? I have two indoor 18 month year old sister cats, they were spayed in Feb this year. The vet will always advise that they have expensive yearly vaccinations and flea and worm treatments too. I live in a first floor flat and the cats only go outside in their cat box to visit the vet once a year! I have no idea what is really best/necessary, and would never put their health at risk, but how do I know what to do? Some friends have told me these are an unnecessary cost as the cats never come into contact with anything outside my home, and they are at no risk of these health issues. Can anyone offer some advise please?
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

I would say yes but it's usually boosters and for the flea and worming treatment too just for peace of mind as they can be brought in by any visitors Flossy
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Old 17-12-2008, 06:16 AM
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

Yes, definitely. Perhaps not quite so regularly but you should worm them still at the least twice a year - perhaps you could do the flea treatment just every quarter.
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

I personally would see if you get them done less often - best to check with the vet.
I would think they would still need them to keep them protected and healthy regardless of if they go outside or not....
Best to check with the vet??
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

Yes they still need their yearly booster even if they dont go out, some viruses are air born and yep you should still worm and flea them dont forget fleas can jump so when doors are open you dont know if their jumping in from outside best to be safe than sorry
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

Agree with the above, I know of indoor cats that have still caught airborne viruses. Boosters do not guarantee that your cat will never catch a virus, but they do give your cats a much better chance of fighting it off and only having a 'light' case rather than being seriously ill.
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Old 17-12-2008, 12:36 PM
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

Many thanks everyone, thats made things alot clearer. I am off the the vet today for their boosters, and will do the other treatments less often. Its just reassuring to know what others do so Im not compramising their health!!
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

Yearly boosters really aren't necessary, especially for indoor cats. I'd suggest asking your vet about this - it's well known that the enteritis vaccine protects for at least 7 years and probably longer, in fact some vaccine manufacturers are only recommending boosters every 2 years now. The flu vaccines probably don't last as long, but a healthy adult cat that does not come into contact with other cats, is not going to be at much risk.

My cats are only boosted once per 15-18 months now - my vet is happy with this. They are all indoors, but as I'm a breeder, and some of my cats go to shows, i don't want to stop vaccinating completely.
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

Thankyou everyone....been to the vet for the booster jabs this afternoon, and she was very honest. Told me to not worry about doing flea treatment in the winter months, and only once in summer as the hot weather is perfect for fleas to breed. Worm treatments can be done every 6 months, and the jabs can now be done every 2 years as they are indoor cats. If I had not had the advice from all who replied I would not have asked! Happy days...
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Re: Do my indoor cats need booster vaccinations and flea and worm treatments?

well done for asking and good on your vet for not insisting on yearly boosters - all they do is boost vets' wallets

I never use flea treatments unless I see fleas - which has been only twice in the last 10 years or so - and I don't worm my indoor cats as they have never shown any evidence of worms. I do worm my kittens though - once, before they leave home, with Profender (spot on treatment). Of course they have never shown any evidence of worms either, but it's unfair on the new owners not to do it. In general I prefer not to dose my cats with uneccessary medications, i've heard far too many bad things about oral wormers given to kittens not to mention nasty reactions to flea medications.




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Thankyou everyone....been to the vet for the booster jabs this afternoon, and she was very honest. Told me to not worry about doing flea treatment in the winter months, and only once in summer as the hot weather is perfect for fleas to breed. Worm treatments can be done every 6 months, and the jabs can now be done every 2 years as they are indoor cats. If I had not had the advice from all who replied I would not have asked! Happy days...
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