I just heard a friend saying that I shouldn’t vaccinate my Bengal kitten every year, which made me puzzled if I should do it or not.
So what shots do Bengal kittens need? The only vaccine Bengal kittens need is the rabies vaccine. Although there are many other vaccinations that catteries and vets suggest, they aren’t requisite. You can give these other less important shots to your Bengal kitten depending upon your kitten’s health.
If you are puzzled (like I was) about vaccinating your precious Bengal kitten, then bear with me and read the information I am going to share with you.
Things you should know before giving shots to your Bengal
Shots/vaccines are weakened viruses which are introduced inside the body of a kitten to make it familiar with them.
These shots are injected in the kitten’s body, or sometimes intranasal injection is used.
Here are the things these viruses do:
- They trigger the kitten’s immune system to releases antibodies which can fight against that specific virus in future. Antibodies are like soldiers of our body, they fight against the attacker and make sure it doesn’t succeed in its nasty mission.
- Once the antibodies are released, they start fighting against the invader i.e. the virus.
- And the kitten’s body becomes familiar with both the attacker and the defender.
As the kittens don’t have their own antibodies as long as they are feeding on their mother’s milk, these shots are injected in their body when they start eating solid food.
The preferred age for giving Bengal kittens these shots is when they are 4 months (16 weeks) old.
Although this age may vary depending on the type of vaccine, and the general veterinary guidelines.
To know when you should vaccinate your kitten, keep reading.
The shots your Bengal kittens must get
Research studies have introduced numerous vaccines for kittens depending on their geographic region and the environment they will be exposed to.
There are a few vaccines which are unavoidable.
In most countries, it is necessary to give rabies shots to the kittens before domesticating them.
Rabies is caused by a virus called Rabies lyssavirus which enters in the pet’s nervous system through saliva or blood of other animals.
Once a Bengal kitten is attacked by the rabies virus, it is impossible for him to survive.
And that is something you will never want for your precious brood, right?
That is why rabies shots are a must.
You should ensure that once you bring home your Bengal kitty, he is vaccinated against rabies.
Or if you have doubts on the cattery from where you brought your Bengal kitten, fix an appointment with a vet and get your kitty tested against rabies.
Few less important shots for Bengal kittens
Apart from rabies, there are a few less important shots for Bengal kittens.
Either you want to give these shots to your kitten or not, you are free to decide.
These shots are:
DRCC/FVRCPP shots are injected in the body of Bengal kittens to make them immune against respiratory diseases.
Here’s the thing:
DRCC vaccine is called “core vaccine” because it protects the felines against several diseases.
Below is the list of diseases FVRCP vaccine can prevent.
Caused by parvovirus, Panleukopenia is one of the most common diseases in cats.
This infection is very contagious and spreads when kittens come in contact with each other.
When this virus attacks the body of little fragile kitty, it starts decreasing the number of white blood cells.
And eventually, the kitten is left with no immunity.
In worse cases, the kitten can die because of this virus.
This virus shows its symptoms in the form of sneezing, vomiting, disturbed stomach and sometimes nose-bleeding in Bengal kittens.
Just like the common cold in humans, this virus causes common cold in Bengal kittens and if not treated, can be fatal.
This is even severe form of cold because it attacks the respiratory system of a kitten all at once.
And the kitten is left helpless with this deadly virus.
Now here’s the deal:
Here’s the reason:
Studies have proved that one shot of FVRCPP is enough for Bengal kittens.
The very reason this vaccine falls is the category of less important vaccine is that there is no need for its repetitive injecting.
If kittens don’t come in contact with infected fellas, chances of them getting sick are very rare.
The shots you should avoid
Some vets go over-board and advise you to vaccinate your kitten with numerous shots, and that too, on a yearly basis.
But chances are that your pets can be perfectly healthy without these heavy doses only if you take good care of your Bengal cat and ensure that it doesn’t come in contact with an infected pet.
A thing you must remember is that only rabies shots are obligatory for Bengal cats because there are high chances of it spreading and once a kitten is infected, there is no way out.
Here are some important things about these shots.
The bottom line is:
You should get your Bengal kitten vaccinated against rabies (or other diseases they are prone to catch) and then STOP!
There is no need to inject your felines every year.
Bring the kitten home from the pet store and then visit the vet after 6 months or a year for a regular checkup of your kitty.
If you have decided to give your pet a DRCC/FVRCPP shot, then give a considerable break to the pet after a rabies shot.
If your Bengal kitten is just injected with rabies vaccine, wait for 7-15 days before giving it the next shot.
During this period:
The kitten’s body becomes familiar with the already injected virus.
And once it is stabilized, give it the next shot i.e. DRCC/FVRCPP shot.
An important tip:
Ask your vet on the timespan of your vaccine. Some vaccines are good for a lifetime while others work for a few years.
Annual check-ups are must, but not the vaccines.
There is usually a 3-year gap between one round of vaccination and the next.
The repetition of vaccine is only needed if your kitten has an extremely weak immune system and has started showing symptoms of a certain disease.
Some important tips for Bengal kittens
Bengal kittens are happy, healthy, and active kittens.
There is no need to confine them in a room if you are worried about their health.
Just keep visiting the vet after compulsory vaccination and your kitten will live a healthy life.
Even if your kitten catches a cold or its stomach is disturbed, it can be easily treated by mere medication.
Do Bengal kittens fall sick very often? No, they don’t.
Generally, the immune system of Bengal kittens is weak when they are younger, but with the passage of time, they start developing immunity.
And when a pathogen attacks them, their white blood cells are there to fight against the attacker.
Their antibodies are always active ensuring that your Bengal kitten doesn’t fall sick.
Can Bengal kittens spread infectious diseases among other family members? Usually, they don’t.
Since most of the time, diseases related to kittens come from animal pathogens and viruses, humans are mostly immune to them.
There is no need to worry about your kids if your kittens have caught a cold or are releasing certain secretions.
Just make sure that it is treated on time, for the betterment of both, your family and the kitten.
What if I don’t give rabies shot to my Bengal kitten? Firstly, you will not be allowed to bring home a Bengal kitten without injecting him with rabies vaccine.
And in case the breeder or pet store hasn’t injected your kitten with this crucial vaccine, you will have to pay the price.
In a lot of places, if veterinaries find out about this glitch in your kitten’s health, the kitten will be seized by authorities.
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