Annual vaccination is the norm. But, there is evidence that yearly vaccination may not be necessary, and could in fact be harmful. This is of especial note for you, since your cat will be strictly kept indoors. Ref: “Vaccination Schedule: Feline” by Dr Bob Rogers, Critter Fix Pet Hospital, USA (http://critterfixer.com/pages/feline.asp). Also, the substance traditionally used to carry the vaccine, the adjuvant, can cause cancer at the vaccination site. Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS), or Feline Vaccine Sarcoma, is nearly always fatal: “In a symposium on fibrosarcomas in cats… , a professor of internal medicine at Colorado State University, asked attendees if they had seen a vaccine-associated feline sarcoma in the past two years. Roughly 80 percent raised their hands. Only a smattering went up when asked if they had successfully treated the cancer.” – Researchers Probe Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 Sep 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/~kremersark/javma_9_2004.html)
This does not mean that your cat should not be vaccinated.Awareness is VITAL for you to make the proper decisions. Dr. Shane Ryan, Companion Animal Surgery clinic, Singapore, authored “Feline Vaccine Sarcoma”, an in-depth professional look. (Accessible through the clinic website – http://www.comvet.com/). And these online sites are by grieving pet-owners to tell their cats’ stories and alert others, and emphasise the need to be a pro-active partner with your vet in your cat’s healthcare:
- Short-I Online – Learn the risks of Feline Vaccine Related Cancer (URL http://www.shorti-online.org/)
- Sylvia’s journey of new hope (http://www.geocities.com/~kremersark/newhope.html)
Please also be aware that some animals develop reactions to vaccinations – from allergies, blisters, itching, sores, to fur loss (http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/petvacc.htm).
(Created: 21 Nov 06)