Taking your cat to have its core shots is important if you want to protect it against potential diseases. Although you shouldn't have anything to worry about if you take your cat to a reputable veterinarian for these shots, it's still a good idea to keep an eye on your feline friend in the hours and days afterward. These are a few things that you should do after your cat has its shots if you want to ensure that there aren't any problems.
1. Allow it to Rest
First of all, you should know that receiving vaccinations can be very taxing on your cat. Along with the side effects of the vaccinations themselves, you also have to think about how frightening and overwhelming your typical veterinarian visit can be for your feline friend. This is why you should allow your cat to rest without too much interaction or noise after your vet appointment. Allow it to relax in an empty, dark room if it wants to, and discourage children and other family members from bothering the cat for a few hours after returning home.
2. Encourage Eating
It is not uncommon for cats to have a suppressed appetite after receiving vaccinations. However, if your cat does not get enough to eat over the next few days, it might begin to feel weak. Therefore, you should encourage eating as much as possible. If necessary, consider opening up a can of tuna or wet cat food to try to tempt your cat to eat. Adding the water from a can of tuna or a little bit of gravy to your cat's dry food can also help stimulate its appetite.
3. Watch Out for Signs of Problems
In most cases, cats are not adversely affected by basic core cat vaccinations. However, you should still watch out for potential problems. If you notice that your cat has a lump near the injection site, a fever, respiratory issues, vomiting or other side effects, it is important to contact your veterinarian right away. If necessary, you may need to bring your cat in to see the vet if these symptoms are serious or if they persist for more than a couple of days.
Ensuring that your cat has its necessary vaccines is important if you want to keep it healthy and happy. However, you should follow these three tips in the hours and days after your cat's vet appointment to help ensure that there are no issues for you to be concerned about.