Should I vaccinate my cat?

Dr Pete Wedderburn / 23 October 2018

A reader has inherited an unvaccinated cat and wonders whether he should vaccinate her.


I have inherited a cat (about 10 years old I believe) but the cat has no medical history apart from having been spayed many years ago. It appears she has never been vaccinated, and I’m not sure whether I should start now or just leave it. She is mainly an indoor cat.


Guidelines from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association recommend different cat vaccination protocols, depending on a cat’s lifestyle. A low-risk cat (a solitary, indoor animal that’s never boarded) requires a full initial set of vaccines, then a booster every three years. A higher-risk cat (e.g. visiting a boarding cattery or living in a multicat, indoor/outdoor household) needs lifelong annual boosters.

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