posted on Mar, 7 2007 @ 01:18 AM
My cat was recently taken to the vet to her yearly appointment. As part of the visit, vaccines are given to her. The last few times (maybe 3) that
we have done this, our cat got sick shortly after, and each time it has been the same problem.
She begins to develop two red sores, one on each temple of her head, and the hair around the sore begins to fall out. The sore gradually grows, as
does the region of hair loss. Last year, at least (maybe others, I didn't notice) she also had a few sores at apparently random locations on her
body; a couple on each side, if I remember right, but those ones didn't cause any noticeable hair loss. Fortunately, there turned out to be a simple
treatment, a drug called Cortizone (sp?) removes the sores pretty quickly with just a single treatment, also administered by our vet.(costing extra
$$) In about a week, the sores are gone. (I don't know feline anatomy very well, but I suspect there is something like lymph nodes or some other
thing that is common to all the regions)
This happened a couple years in a row before we clued in to the probable cause. This year, knowing that it was an issue, we asked the vet to give her
something along with the vaccination (costing extra $$) so that she would not get the sores to begin with. Unfortunately, it didn't work, and as I
write this, there are two small red sores on her temples and at least one on her side. (the temple ones are by far the largest, most visible, and
first to appear, every time)
So my mom was researching cat vaccinations this afternoon on the internet, and apparently this is a fairly common problem, and we are questioning
whether our cat really needs these vaccinations or not. I can see some merit in getting a set of vaccinations initially, like people do, but to
continue giving them year after year, particularly when they are causing my cat this additional discomfort, does not seem kind nor necessary.
I've read a little about human vaccinations, and I realize there is some issue of conspiracy surrounding those, although I consider that particular
conspiracy to have no basis in truth. People, however, do not get yearly vaccinations, nor (scaling it roughly to human lifespans) even vaccinations
every decade. I have my own health records right here, and I got 3 sets of vaccinations during my first year, one in my second, one at age 5, and
then a single shot at a couple other times when I was about 16. Unless a new disease threat comes around, no others will be necessary.
I guess what it comes down to, is that I am wondering what other peoples experiences with vaccines are, positive or negative. I'm hoping to keep
this discussion mostly in regards to vaccinating cats, and I suppose pets in general, but feel free to throw in stuff you know about human
vaccination, as well, when relevant.
Particularly, I am looking at:
-are vaccinations helpful to my cat?
-are vaccinations hurting my cat?
-how often does my cat need to be vaccinated, or does she at all?
-can I get my cat vaccinations that don't give her these weird sores?