Definition: Never steps outside the house except for a car trip to vet
Definition: A cat that leaves the house, even if only occasionally.
Goes outside regularly
Goes outside on or off a leash, supervised in yard or on patio or deck
Occasionally will “escape” or run outside due to an open door from kids or a dog being let outside
Goes to a groomer or a boarding facility
Indoor Cat Vaccinations
Rabies Purevax once a year, starting at 12 weeks of age. Rabies exposure for the indoor cat is usually through contact with a bat indoors. Older homes are prone to having bats in the attic and this is how we see cats get exposed. If cats are not current on their rabies vaccine and exposed to a bat that is shown to have rabies or bitten by an animal that is not available for rabies testing, the Board of Animal Health will require quarantine for 45 - 180 days.
PRC for upper respiratory viruses and distemper. The initial kitten vaccines are a series of 2-3 vaccines from 8-16 weeks of age; then a one year booster, then every 3 years. In geriatric indoor cats, we may stop the vaccines as research has shown that their immunity may be good enough if not exposed to outdoor cats carrying the viruses.
Feline Leukemia vaccine. It is recommended that all kittens, regardless of lifestyle recieve two vaccines, one month apart as kittens. Adult cats that are indoor cats do not continue to receive the vaccine.