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What risk is my kitten at from cats as not had jabs yet

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alltoomuchrightnow Tue 16-Dec-14 22:13:42

I really don't have any alternatives so please be kind :-(
He can't go into boarding without jabs and I did think he'd be fine but ... just a little bit worried and thought i'd get opinions...

Kitten is 5 months old and being neutered tomorrow. They can't do jabs at same time so will have to wait until after Christmas.
Going away from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, so, only two nights as don't want to leave him long.
He's going to my best friends where he came from...his mum, aunt and cousin will be there (cousin three weeks younger). None are jabbed as my friend doesn't believe in it, she treats them homoeopathically instead hmm
Just wondering how high the risks are....I know viruses can be airborne.
The mother cats, go out occasionally but are more 'indoor' cat and now it's colder they are refusing to go out at all. The kitten cousin has never been out. All are in good health and had recent checkups.
All will be kept inside. My kitten has never been out except to vets (and yes i know that's a risk in itself without jabs)
It's too far to take him away with me and he hates car journey anyway
Also I thought he'd be happier somewhere he knows and have his cousin to play with again.
he can't stay at home either as no one to feed him
So it it is really risky I may have to stay home and let DP go to his family without me.
Realistically... high risk or low?

thecatneuterer Tue 16-Dec-14 22:46:42

I would be very concerned about feline infectious enteritis. Really any unvaccinated cat is at risk from that. It's fatal and incredibly contagious. It's a risk even if your cat doesn't ever go outside. You can bring it in yourself on your hands or shoes for example. Just one vaccine is enough to protect against that for life. The second, booster vaccine, two weeks later is not necessary to protect against that particular disease. It's probably not that much more of a risk at your friends house than it is at yours, but it is risk anywhere. There just needs to be an outbreak in the local area ...

There is no reason at all why your cat can't be vaccinated at the same time as the neutering. We do it routinely. I think you should insist. If that vet won't do it then I would go to one that will.

And your friend needs educating ffs ...

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 16-Dec-14 22:49:13

they said there needs to be a week gap 'for him to recover'
I thought it must be something to do with the anaesthetic

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 16-Dec-14 22:50:05

I'll speak to them.... it's only Weds tomorrow.. wonder if would do it early next week... but they seemed adamant

thecatneuterer Tue 16-Dec-14 22:52:26

We neuter and vaccinate, at the same time, thousands of cats a year, without incident.

And is your friend getting the mother cat and other kittens neutered?

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 16-Dec-14 23:16:52

how odd.This is a vets within Pets At Home.
She's got the mother cats neutered. (they are sisters). (luckily! as i understand my boy could still be fertile for up to 6 weeks!)
The boy cousin is getting done
She's fine re neutering but not vaccinations
She sees homeopath herself and treats her pets that way too

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 16-Dec-14 23:17:44

hmm so if i was to take him to get vaccinated elsewhere..it would be totally safe?
i wonder why they were so adamant he'd need to recover for a week first
I'll ask what their reasoning is

fenneltea Wed 17-Dec-14 07:59:54

I've always had cats neutered and vaccinated at the same time, in fact my mum is getting one done in a couple of weeks. The vet did say that they wouldn't vaccinate and apply spot on treatments at the same time, but neutering wasn't an issue.

alltoomuchrightnow Wed 17-Dec-14 10:11:43

he's there right now and I asked the vet... said it was too much for his immune system to cope with on top of his 'wounds' i.e. losing his furry pompoms

thecatneuterer Wed 17-Dec-14 10:45:56

Well that's just odd! I have heard of it before, but only from other posters on here. As I say we do thousands a year. We probably have around ten vets working for us at any one time. Not one has ever raised it as an issue.

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