Routine vaccinations can be a terrific way to keep your precious cat feeling as happy and healthy for as long as possible. Despite the obvious advantages to vaccines, downsides always can rear their ugly heads, too. Some cats, though not all, may experience negative reactions to vaccinations. Namely, appetite loss.
If you're worried sick about the possibility of your kitty feeling sick as a result of a standard vaccination, whether for panleukopenia or rabies, don't be. The ASPCA states that the majority of felines recover from shots just fine, with little to no unpleasant effects. Any effects in cats typically are transient and not very serious, if at all, so breathe easy and speak to your veterinarian about the appropriate vaccination options for your little one.
According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, some cats may exhibit signs of subtle reactions to vaccinations. Marked loss of appetite is one of them, so don't be surprised if your cutie doesn't seem as enthusiastic for her can of moistened chicken and gravy as she usually does. Thankfully, appetite loss post-vaccination typically subsides within mere days in cats. Your cat's appetite will likely be as good as new before you know it.
Other Possible Reactions
Appetite loss is by no means the only reaction a cat may experience after a vaccine. Some cats also display signs of reduced physical activity, irritation on or by the vaccine location, slight fever, swelling, diarrhea, throwing up, exhaustion and difficulty walking. In the days immediately following your fluffball's vaccination, closely monitor her for any unusual health symptoms.
If your cutie's appetite doesn't revert back to normal within a day or two following her vaccination, notify your veterinarian of the situation immediately. When it comes to your pet's health, you can never be too diligent or cautious, after all. The same applies for any other possible negative reactions to vaccinations, from vomiting to fever. The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine advises that vaccinations very rarely trigger disease, but some extra knowledge and peace of mind can never hurt. Remember, your cat is always worth the extra effort and time.