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Vaccinating Kittens

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by SEVEN_PETS, May 4, 2010.


  1. SEVEN_PETS

    SEVEN_PETS PetForums VIP

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    Hello

    Why is it common for breeders to vaccinate their kittens before they leave home? Why can't they trust their prospective owners to do the vaccinations? We have only ever got moggies, from pet shops and hobby breeders and they came to us at 8 weeks old and we vaccinated them ourselves.
     
  2. ClaireSimmons

    ClaireSimmons PetForums Junior

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    I think there are three main reasons why pedigree breeders vaccinate kittens before they go to their new homes. Firstly, it is generally a requirement of registering bodies, to ensure that cats are vaccinated. Secondly, kittens are usually required to stay with their mothers until 12 weeks, and since vaccinations tend to be carried out at 8 and 11 weeks, the course is complete before then. And thirdly, sometimes kittens react badly to their vaccines due to underlying problems, and most decent breeders would not want to sell an unhealthy kitten so it is better that any problem shows up before they go to their new homes. It also gives the opportunity for a health check to be carried out before going to their new homes, again ensuring that there is less chance of a missed health problem.
     
  3. IndysMamma

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    also... Considering how much you pay for a ped it's good that vaccs, health checks etc are included. It also means you are able to mix anmals sooner as they are protected and less likely to be ill when you get them.
    There are many stories on here of people who buy kittens from private sellers or petshops that have feline enteritis or cat flu and spend a fortune returning them to health...if the kitten survives
     
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    oops. Double post
     
    #4 IndysMamma, May 4, 2010
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    A lot of rescues do the same thing if the kitten's mum is still around they'll stay until they've at least had their first injection. From my POV it ensures that the new owner gets a vaccinated cat (or at least one the way to one!).
     
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