- Jun 12, 2013
This clause is actually pretty common. I think it's important for people to know why these specific vaccines are often not recommended.it also says that if I vaccinate the kitten for FIP, FeLV, or FIV, they all warranties of health are void. Is this bad??? I have a dog and I know that my contract was a little different and REQUIRED me to get him all shots possible.
-the FeLV vaccine is only 75-85‰ effective at preventing feline leukemia. It also carries a pretty heavy risk of causing your cat to develop sarcomas (cancerous tumors) which can be fatal. If your cat isn't at risk (ie, it's an indoor cat as a sphynx should be), the possible benefit simply doesn't outweigh the risk.
-The FIP vaccine isn't effective in or recommended for use in cats who have been exposed to the caronavirus. Most cats (particularly those from catteries) have been exposed to caronavirus. This vaccine is listed as "not generally recommended" because it has little to no indication. Why give your cat a vaccine that is pretty much guaranteed to do nothing good?
-there are five FIV strains total (clades A-D) , and the vaccine was created using two strains (clades A and D) and tested for only one strain (clade A). Clade B is the most common strain in the US. FIV is pretty uncommon, and is spread through bite wounds between cats. If your cat has no risk of being bitten by an infected cat, it has no risk of contracting the virus. This vaccine can cause sarcomas and will also ensure that your cat will now test positive for FIV, so that you will be unable to ever know in the future if your cat becomes infected. If your cat is lost, and someone finds it and takes it to get tested, it will show as positive for FIV and may be destroyed.
Sphynx are sometimes more sensitive to the side effects of vaccines than the average cat. The above vaccines carry heavy risks and questionable effectiveness, particularly for indoor cats. This is why they are often recommended against and in some cases specifically listed as voiding your contract.