Do Cats Feel Sick After Annual Shots?

by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Regular vaccinations can keep your pet healthy.

    Regular vaccinations can keep your pet healthy.

    As much as your kitty may despite and fear them, regular vaccines can help keep her healthy, happy and quite possibly free of potentially dangerous infectious illnesses -- phew. However, although quite rare, some cats may experience malaise and negative side effects as a result of shots.

    Adverse Reactions

    The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medication indicates that, although not common, some cats may experience harmful diseases as a result of getting vaccinated. Because of this possibility, never hesitate to get your little one to the veterinarian if you notice the presence of any unusual side effects. Her health and happiness are certainly worth the efforts. So while not all cats feel sick after getting shots, some definitely do.

    Possibly Minor Side Effects

    The ASPCA reports that while most cats do not feel sick after getting shots, some mild side effects are not entirely uncommon. These mild effects typically subside within a few days. Keep an eye on your fluffball for reactions including slight fever, exhaustion, low energy, lack of appetite, swelling of the skin at the shot location, soreness and overall feelings of bodily weakness. If you spot any of these symptoms, to be on the safe side, notify your veterinarian as soon as possible.

    Emergency Allergic Reaction

    If your little one experiences signs of possible allergic reaction immediately after her shot was administered, get immediate emergency veterinary help. Look out for potentially severe signs of allergic reaction, including labored breathing, seizures, fainting, breaking out into hives, excessive itching, quickly decreasing blood pressure, throwing up and coordination issues.

    Vaccination Choices

    If you are concerned about the possibility of your precious pet falling sick as a result of shots, speak in-depth to her veterinarian beforehand. Take into consideration important factors including your cutie's overall medical history and age -- along with any other negative experiences she may have had with shots in the past. Make sure you are fully aware of all of the possible risks that may be linked to each specific vaccine. Do not rush into any medical situation with your pet until you feel 100 percent comfortable -- and informed.

    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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