Not All Vaccines are Created Equal ~ The Non-Adjuvanted Vaccine for Cats
Metropolitan Veterinary Center only recommends non-adjuvanted vaccines for cats. We strictly adhere to the AAFP Vaccine Guidelines and use only the safest vaccines to ensure the lowest risk for your feline.
What Is an Adjuvanted Vaccine?
Adjuvanted vaccines have substances in them that purposely cause inflammation at the vaccine site–alerting the body’s immune response. However, this inflammation has the potential to cause fibrosarcoma, a fatal, aggressive tumor at the site of the vaccination. Although it is rare, we don’t want to take the risk and recommend using our non-adjuvanted vaccines. We use the following non-adjuvanted vaccines:
- Merial PUREVAX® rabies vaccine: This is given annually and is the safest vaccine available. This virus is often passed through open wounds or bites. Even if your cat is indoor-only, it must be vaccinated. Symptoms of rabies include sudden changes in behavior, aggression, biting, sensitivity to light, attacking, excitation, seizures, and irritability.
- Pfizer FVRCP vaccine: This protects against feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia and is required for all cats. These viruses are easily contagious and spread from cat-to-cat contact.
- FeLV vaccine: This protects against the feline leukemia virus. We recommend vaccinating your kitten within the first year of their life and then only again to cats that spend time outdoors. Feline leukemia is one the most common causes of illness and death in cats. The virus is typically transmitted through saliva or fluid secretions–any cat around an infected cat should get vaccinated.
Why Is My Cat Reacting to the Vaccine?
Although we use the safest vaccines, a small number of cats may have an adverse reaction to the vaccine. Mild reactions include:
- Mild decrease in activity
- Mild pain or lump at injection site
- Mild decrease in appetite
- Mild upper respiratory infection
After getting vaccinated, monitor your cat for these symptoms. If your cat is displaying any of these severe symptoms, contact us immediately.
- Vomiting, diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing
- Face swelling
- Severe lethargy/tiredness
Feline vaccinations are important to keep your cat healthy and safe from infections. MetroVet is able to provide the safest vaccinations to your feline. Contact us today if your kitten needs to be vaccinated.