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Unread 09-07-2009   #1 (permalink)
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It comes across as vets being corrupt and money minded and suggests you dont vaccinate your kitten until its 7 months old?

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Regarding the vaccines I think it would depend a lot on the circumstances the kitten/cat lives in and what it would be exposed to. I prefer to be safe than sorry, even though there might be some risks with the vaccines. There are risks to humans getting vaccines yet most humans who are able choose to get their children vaccinated.

I seriously doubt that Vets are vaccinating pets just to make money. When I take my animals to our Vet for a booster they not only get the shot but he checks them all over he also does not agree with giving unnecessary shots, he asks if we will be boarding them or leaving the country and when we say “no”, then he says well we do not need those particular shots.

I’ve heard many many stories of tiny kittens dying because they contracted diseases they would not have suffered if they had been immunized. So it might be partially “true” but it doesn’t mean it’s good advice. If everyone stopped getting vaccinated diseases that used to be common would make a comeback and be everyday killers again instead of a rarity. Anyone can write anything on the internet.

My kitten had not been wormed when I got her, the man that had her said he thought it was cruel to deworm her because he said she didn’t have worms. I told the Vet (as he put the solution on the back of her neck and handed me the packet for the next months dose) and he told me that ALL kittens have worms. They get them from their mothers milk, and that even if the mother had been dewormed the worms live dormant in a female cat and come out of dormancy when the mother is nursing so the mother and the kittens will all need to be dewormed.

At 4 months old, my newest kitty has had all the shots she will need until she's a year old. She's still very tiny and vulnerable, if I had to wait until she was 7 months old to give her this protection I would be very nervous.
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Much of that article is baloney.

"Feed a kitten canned meat". Kittens need many nutrients to grow and thrive and canned meat is not going to provide them with any of it. Feed a quality brand kitten food for one year or until kitten weight 9 pounds, whichever comes first.

"well visits are not needed" is another dangerous statement. Pet owners are not vets. Well visits are important so the vet can see if there is anything amiss that the owner would not notice.

I bring my cats in for check ups twice a year. This accomplishes a few things. The vet becomes accustomed to what is normal for the cat, and is more likely to notice something wrong. The earlier things are caught, the better the chance of survival, (not to mention, less money spent)

Vaccinations: kittens are given a series of vaccinations because they are too small to handle full doses. Vaccinations are very important. Even if your kitten doesn't go outside you can track things in. Or kitten could get out by accident. Your kitten needs to be vaccinated against the URI viruses like distemper and herpes, and rabies as soon as s/he is old enough.


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