Vaccines for Sphynx cats
The vaccines are a necessary contribution to keep our pets in the best possible way, protecting them against the diseases and infections that harass them.
Although genetically bald cat breeds do not show hereditary conditions, there are times when they tend to suffer from heart disease or rabies.
This is why it never hurts -and indeed, it is advisable- that vaccines are applied to them from a young age.
Vaccines in sphynx cats -as in every cat- should be placed right after weaning, since breast milk has the defenses and nutrients necessary to protect them, even milk decreases the effect of vaccines if applied any while the cat is still breastfed.
The first vaccine that is placed on them is the feline trivalent, which acts against feline calivirosis, feline viral rhinotracheitis and feline panleukopenia.
After three weeks have elapsed, the vaccine is reapplied to reinforce the effect.
However, we are bald cat breeders that put sphynx cats up for adoption after 3 months, so these vaccines will have already been applied.
Depending on its age, it will need certain vaccines to guarantee its safety, although you will be sure that when you buy one of our sphynx cats this will have your vaccination schedule up to date.
As with cats in general, bald cat breeds can be vaccinated against infections and diseases such as infectious peritonitis (PIP), feline leukemia (FeLV), herpesvirus, calcivirus, panleukopenia, chlamydia, rabies and bordellosis.
Regarding the vaccination schedule, the veterinarian will tell you when the next one should be placed.
Vaccines are essential to prevent bacterial and/or viral diseases that can be dangerous, so they prepare the immune system of the hairless cat to deal with these infections.
Schedule of vaccines in sphynx cats
Here is an approximate guide on how and which vaccines are applied to the bald cat breeds we have.
– At the end of two months, the trivalent vaccine against panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and calcivirus is applied.
– Having two and a half months, feline leukemia; although it is mostly used in cats that live abroad or with other cats.
– With 3 months we put to the cat another dose of feline trivalent vaccine.
– When 3 and a half months old, the second dose of the vaccine against feline leukemia is applied.
– The rabies vaccine is applied when it is 4 months old; although both the vaccine for leukemia and this are not mandatory before the end of the year.
When you have your sphynx cat, the veterinarian will determine which are the strictly necessary and which ones you can do without or wait longer to obtain them.
So the schedule of vaccines can vary both in quantity and frequency.
When cats are adults, it acquires an immunological maturity, so every so often you must acquire vaccines to reinforce the effect.
Although the trivalent vaccine is usually administered on an annual basis, studies have shown that its effect can last up to 3 years.
Diseases facing vaccines
It is one thing to read the name of what diseases prevent these vaccines, but it is best to know what bald cat breeders fight against.
– Feline panleukopenia: This disease is deadly for young cats, although it also occurs in adult cats. It’s similar to parvovirus in dogs, so you’ll have an idea of what it is.
It produces a decrease in white blood cells, dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting and decay. This disease is very contagious.
– Calcivirus: This type of illness is similar to the flu, since it affects the airways of the pussycat.
– Rhinotracheitis: It is contagious and affects the respiratory tract, produces sneezing, eye secretions and mucus.
– Feline leukemia: It is basically leukemia in humans; it affects the immune system and produces tumors in the organs.
– Rabies: It is another of the deadly diseases and is highly contagious, even transmitted to the human through a bite.
– Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP): In this case the vaccine does not serve to prevent, but to cope with the disease.
The vaccine is administered via the nose and as an incurable disease; the vaccine is actually maintained with doubtful efficacy, so usually the veterinarians do not recommend it.
It should be borne in mind that a standard vaccination protocol for all bald cat breeds is no longer taken, since the individual and environmental factor must be considered in order to make the appropriate decision.
For this, bald cat breeders must have knowledge not only about infectious diseases, but also about the cat’s immune system; considering the health of each one and the environment where it develops.
The AAFP has established panleucopenia, rhinotracheitis and calcivirus as “basic” and essential vaccines. The rabies vaccine can be included in the main group, but each country has its own regulations on that.
The vaccines that are supplied also vary according to the living conditions of the cat, since having several cats in a house; the vaccines that have been acquired will have to be reevaluated.
Care of the vaccine
All vaccines should be administered as they are established, that is, if the vaccine should be administered subcutaneously, this will be as it should be provided, never in the opposite way.
Also, we must take care of the way in which vaccines are stored, since these can be negatively affected by various environmental factors and management. Excessive cold, heat and exposure to ultraviolet light are just some of the factors that inactivate vaccines.
Also, vaccines should never be mixed in the same syringe.
These considerations are taken into account in our bald cat breeders, so that the moment you receive your sphynx cat, it will be healthy and with the vaccines in order, including all the documentation that shows its story.