Thursday, August 27, 2015

If You Least You Tried

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Hi Everyone,

Below is a quick story about last weekend...

Anya's vaccines are due. Keep in mind that Ragdoll cats are very sensitive to the feline leukemia vaccine, the feline infectious peritonitis vaccine to just name a few. Therefore, I only give them 4 vaccines (rabies, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia. This also applies to Star and Saphira even though they are not Ragdolls).

I went to Tractor Supplies to purchase Anya her 3 way vaccine (rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia), it was the injectable vaccine. I went home and gave it to her just under the scruff of her neck. Needless to say...I did not stick the needle in far enough, so the vaccine leaked everywhere. Ew and ugh! The next day I went back to Tractor Supplies again to purchase Anya yet another set of vaccines, only this time it was a intranasal vaccine. I succeed this time with her vaccine. She receives her other set on 8-22-2018. I only give my cats their 3 ways once every 3 years. Why? because this is what my vet suggested and after I weighted all the options and did a lot of research on cat vaccines and cat health in general and taking into consideration how much my cats actually spend outside (which is very low), I have decided to follow my gut and my vet's advice and only vaccinate once every 3 years (that includes the rabies vaccine since I have my vet give them a 3 year one). Plus, I have come to face the fact that Star and Saphira are getting old -- next year they will both be seniors (so sad, I know, but this is life). Vaccinating older cats puts hem at a higher risk of cancer at the injection site (which is why I am now giving intranasal) and it also puts them at risk for kidney problems associated with old age. I, myself, haven't received any type of vaccine in almost 6 years. I am young and healthy. I do not consider most vaccines necessary for me or my cats.

Anya was not harmed in the making of this!

Please note: We do not need any lectures from the public about vaccinating animals myself at home. I have done my research and I have spoken to my vet about this (and even another vet) about vaccinating animals at home, both vets showed me how to PROPERLY vaccinate felines. Thank you.

Ragdoll Mommy~

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