It is possible to find much that has been written on the indoor versus outdoor cat controversy. The scientific literature, cat books and magazines, as well as websites on the internet contain much information to help you make an informed decision for your family cat. We have a saying at at the Paris Hill Cat Hospital: Outdoor cats have a healthy lifestyle, but indoor cats never seem to get hit by a car. Although a bit sarcastic, this message is clear: outdoor exercise is extremely healthy for cats, but dangers obviously exist out there. Your cat is safest indoors.
Many of the common medical problems we encounter at Paris Hill are seldom seen in outdoor cats. Urinary problems, diabetes, and hyperthyroid disease are almost exclusively seen in indoor cats. Contrastingly, fight wounds, abscesses and serious trauma from automobiles are only seen in the cat that is allowed to go outside.
At the Paris Hill Cat Hospital, we have both kinds of patients and we know their specific needs. Outdoor cats require a different vaccination, nutrition and parasite program than the indoor cat. Our cat-focused staff will help you design a wellness program for your cat based on your decision for your cat’s lifestyle. Call us when you are ready.
There is considerable concern, almost controversy surrounding the vaccination of your cat. Some vaccines that are safe for dogs may be harmful to some cats. At Paris Hill, we are members of the AAFP, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and therefore endorse our association’s vaccination protocol. The essential vaccines for your cat are:
FVRCP or “distemper” vaccine. FVR Stands For Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis.
Rhinotracheitis is a severe upper respiratory infection caused by a feline type 1, herpes-virus. It is most severe in young kittens and older cats, and is one of the most serious upper respiratory diseases seen in the feline species. The virus is airborne and very contagious in susceptible animals. C Stands For Calicivirus.
There are several strains of caliciviruses that affect the cat. They can cause a range of diseases, from a mild almost asymptomatic infection, to life-threatening pneumonia. P Stands For Panleukopenia, (also known as feline distemper and infectious feline enteritis), a highly contagious disease characterized by a short course and high mortality rate. The disease is caused by a parvovirus similar to the parvovirus seen in dogs.
FVRCP vaccine is first given to kittens as early as 6 weeks of age and should be repeated every 3-4 weeks of age until the kitten is 16 weeks old. After an annual booster, this vaccine should be given every 3 years.
Rabies vaccine is required for all cats in all counties of New York State. At Paris Hill, our preferred rabies vaccine is the non-adjuvant, feline-only Purevax Rabies vaccine from the Merial company. This vaccine is first given at 12 weeks of age and repeated annually.
Leukemia vaccine protects your cat from the Leukemia virus (FeLV). This vaccine is given to kittens as early as 8 weeks of age, repeated 3-4 weeks later and boostered annually. At Paris Hill, our preferred Leukemia vaccine is the non-adjuvant Purevax Leukemia vaccine from the Merial company.