Why Indoor Cats Need Vaccinations

A rabid animal could enter your home. You think I’m kidding, right? It happens, though. Bats can enter homes through attics or even small cracks — or through openings usually reserved for people and pets. One of my team members, Kim Campbell Thornton, had a rabid bat fly into her suburban condo through an open sliding glass door, and just last year a woman in Massachusetts was attacked by a rabid raccoon who entered her home through a pet door. Keeping your cat indoors is the safest choice, but don't assume that means she's completely protected.

Your community may require rabies vaccines for cats. All places require rabies vaccinations for dogs, and some cities or states mandate rabies vaccinations for cats, as well. That protects your cat from a fatal disease and you from heartbreak and loss. Think about it: If your unvaccinated cat bit someone, the law could mandate that the feline be euthanized. The alternative might be a strict, six-month quarantine, at your expense, to determine that your cat is truly rabies-free. Don't take the chance — get your cat vaccinated.

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