Dr. Matt Mickas, of Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, answers this week's question.

Dr. Matt Mickas, of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, answers this week’s question.

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Question: If a cat remains indoors all the time, do they need the full slate of vaccinations or are there some we can safely omit?

Answer: This is a common concern. If people would like to see our entire recommendations for vaccines they can go to: www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-vth/vaccinations.aspx

If a cat is truly an indoor cat, there are only two of the three recommended vaccines we tell clients they need.

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The first is a combination vaccine that goes by the acronym, FVRCP, which stands for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

We use an intranasal form of the vaccine, given to kittens at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. It should be repeated annually thereafter. There are injectable vaccines for the same diseases that are considered to last three years.