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Why Your Indoor Cat Needs Vaccines and a Microchip

Mar 03, 2017 09:12AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

By Melanie Lippert, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program Assistant

“But my cat stays inside,” is something we often hear when we recommend vaccinating and microchipping your feline. We know that cats that stay indoors live longer and healthier lives than those that venture outdoors. But despite living in the comfort of your home, your cat can still be at risk for contracting various diseases or slipping out of your home and becoming lost.

Many states, including Pennsylvania, have laws that require all dogs and cats to be current on their rabies vaccinations. And this isn’t without good reason. Rabies is fatal and it only takes one incident with an infected animal to spread this devastating disease.

Another important vaccination for indoor cats is FVRCP. This vaccination protects against several feline viruses that can cause chronic respiratory issues, painful mouth sores and intestinal and immune system issues that can be fatal. These viruses can be brought into your home by visitors and transmitted to your cat if she is not protected.

Vaccinating is a safer and less expensive alternative to treatment. Vaccinations can keep your kitty protected against dangerous diseases, giving her a longer, healthier life.

Providing identification for indoor cats is also often overlooked. While most cats are content to stay indoors, an enticing bug or open door can tempt them outdoors.

By microchipping your cat, she’ll always have a permanent form of identification with her. One study found that 38 percent of lost cats with microchips were returned home while, sadly, less than 2 percent of cats without one were reunited with their owners. So a microchip could quite literally save your cat’s life.

Vaccinating and microchipping your cat are two small steps that can significantly improve the life of your cat. Animal Friends proudly offers low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics. Our next clinic is Thurs., Jan. 26 from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit