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What are booster shots for cats

Booster shots are given to cats that have been vaccinated as kittens, but are no longer being vaccinated as adults. Booster shots can be given if your cat has been outdoors, or if you have a new indoor cat, who has never been vaccinated.

Why are shots important?

Cats are considered "weakly" or "immunologically" vaccinated when they receive the initial vaccination at around 10 weeks of age. Until then, the cat's immune system is underdeveloped and can be easily "out-competed" by disease. The first vaccines given at 10 weeks, usually include a combination of distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus.

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Microchipping

What is microchipping and why should my cat be microchipped?

Microchipping is a quick, painless and permanent method of identifying and locating your cat. Unlike a collar, microchips are implanted under the skin and can be read by a scanner without the need for a doctor or vet. This makes microchipping a quick, safe and convenient option to permanently identify your cat.

Additional Benefits:

Microchips are not visible, so they can be worn under a collar, harness or bandana.

They are also safe for cats to eat and groom off of, and help avoid confusion between cats.

Microchips can be read and identified in the event of your cat being lost or stolen.

Microchips are a valuable resource for finding your cat when you are out of town.

Illness and Disease

How do I tell if my cat has a disease?

If your cat is exhibiting any of the following signs, it is extremely important to contact your veterinarian immediately.

Fever

Dullness, drooping ears, and/or lethargy

Loss of appetite, with/without vomiting

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Lack of appetite

Weight loss

Lethargy

Skin discoloration/roughness

Flu-like symptoms

How do I know if my cat has a contagious disease?

Some diseases are highly contagious and if you see your cat displaying any of the following signs, it is best to contact your veterinarian immediately.

Pimples

Rough, dry skin

Loss of appetite

How do I know if my cat has a parasite?

Some parasites are highly contagious and if you see your cat exhibiting any of the following signs, it is best to contact your veterinarian immediately.

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