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Old 03-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Cat lovers- I'm nervous about my kitty's vaccination-UPDATEs!

Last year when my cat was a kitten she had a reaction to one of her shots ( I think it was rabies). She had a lump on her neck at the injection site for a week or two. Now her shots are due again and she has a vet appointment tomorrow. I'm so worried when I read how some cats get cancer from those lumps. Our older cat died 1 1/2 years ago and it was so hard for my daughter and me ( we had our cat for over 18 years). I don't want anything to happen to this cat. Rabies is required here in PA but my cat is indoors. I know she may someday get out/escape so I hate to skip the shots.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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Last year when my cat was a kitten she had a reaction to one of her shots ( I think it was rabies). She had a lump on her neck at the injection site for a week or two. Now her shots are due again and she has a vet appointment tomorrow. I'm so worried when I read how some cats get cancer from those lumps. Our older cat died 1 1/2 years ago and it was so hard for my daughter and me ( we had our cat for over 18 years). I don't want anything to happen to this cat. Rabies is required here in PA but my cat is indoors. I know she may someday get out/escape so I hate to skip the shots.
You could ask for a titter test to be done to see if she really needs another rabies vaccine. She may still have antibodies built up.

It's not exactly a cheap test, but it may be worth it to you.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:30 PM   #3
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I only do rabies shots. I think the others are unnecessary for indoor only cats.

They should be giving shots in the cat's leg, not in the neck. The reason for this is if the animal gets a cancer, they could amputate the leg if needed. From what I have read, the vaccine related sarcomas are most likely linked with the preservative in the vaccine. That is one reason many vets now only do one year rabies vaccines. These do not have the preservative. If your vet offers one year rabies, ask for that one.

My mom lost her cat to one of these sarcomas last summer. The tumors were removed several times, but kept coming back until they finally killed the cat
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I agree with the PP about asking for the shots in your kitty's leg. That's how my vet does it and basically said, "If anything ever happened, your cat can live without a leg, he can't live without a neck."

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Could it have been the Leukemia shot? A couple years ago my when I was getting my cats their shots the vet asked if they were indoor only and when I told him yes, I was advised not to get the leukemia shot as studies have shown that shot can cause cancer, but only if they are indoor only cats. My cats area so spoiled and used to being indoors that if they are near the door when I open it they run away and want no part of being outdoors.
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Mine gets his in the leg/haunches also.

You could also ask for a recovery shot. My kitten had a reaction to a vaccination when he was younger. So now he gets a recovery shot first. I think it's between $12-$15. My vet always tells me the cost of shots/procedures beforehand.
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