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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:56 am 
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Hello all!

I just a quick question for those of you in the UK with indoor Bengals, who you take out for walks. Have you had your furbabies vaccinated for FelV? And should I? I understand that it's not an airbourne disease, & is passed by saliva (bites etc) which is obviously not an issue when out on walkies. I was just wondering if there was a danger of contraction from, for example, sniffing/marking something a diseased might might have sniffed/marked..

Obviously would like to avoid the stress & expense of another round of vaccinations if they are not neccesary.

I look forward to hearing your advice!

Thanks!

Lubelle
(will do a proper introduction soon!)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:30 pm 
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My youngest are indoor kitties and only go out if taken for walkies but I vaccinate them for everything. I would rather be safe than sorry and there is always a chance they will make a getaway attempt and succeed (as mine have done in the past!).


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:49 pm 
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I have mine vaccinated against everything even tho they are indoor cats and only go out in my garden.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:24 pm 
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I'm in favor of vaccinations regardless. You never know if the cat will one day get outside without you and you want your kitty to be safe. I had mine out on a leash one day and he spotted a neighbor's male cat and he jerked the leash right out of my hand and when I got to them, Raiden was on top of the cat biting the crap out of him. So, anything can happen.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:01 pm 
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Thanks for your responses! I have been doing a bit of further research and it seems FelV is not as contagious as I had thought, requires prolonged close contact or a bite, and the virus does not last long outside of the infected puss.. All good to know. I am taking Mr Colobus to the vet on Monday anyway to get him checked out for Feline Asthma, so will ask the vets opinion too.

This article http://www.catinfo.org/?link=vaccines was particularly interesting regarding vaccinations.

Thanks! :)

Lu

Ps. Sherry - that made me laugh!


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