By Dr. Thomas Schotman, Lake Wales Veterinary Hospital.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away!!! However, vaccinations are the only way to prevent viral diseases, most of which have no specific treatment other than supportive care.
For the domestic cat, the main viral diseases of concern are: Panleukopenia (feline distemper), Rhinotracheitis ( a herpes virus), and Calici virus. Chlamydophila ( a bacteria) is also usually included in the cat vaccine. There are vaccines available for feline leukemia also. Kittens should have 3 doses of vaccine, about 3 weeks apart, between 8 weeks and 16 weeks. Rabies vaccine should be administered on or after 12-16 weeks. Minimizing exposure by keeping pet cats indoors really helps prevent disease, but I have had unvaccinated indoor cats become infected through the screens of the “patio”. See your veterinarian for a protection plan for those lovable feline friends.
Thomas B. Schotman DVM
Lake Wales Veterinary Hospital
520 Mountain Lake Cutoff Road
Lake Wales, FL 33859