What should I watch out for after my cat has a vaccination?
After your cat has a vaccination, it's important to monitor them for any signs of adverse reactions or side effects. While most vaccinations are safe and have minimal side effects, it's still essential to be vigilant. Here are some things to watch out for:
1. Mild reactions: Some cats might experience mild reactions to vaccinations, such as soreness at the injection site, mild fever, or decreased appetite. These reactions are generally short-lived and resolve within 24 to 48 hours.
2. Lethargy: It's common for cats to be a bit more tired or less active than usual after a vaccination. However, if lethargy persists for more than a day or two, contact your veterinarian.
3. Vomiting or diarrhea: While gastrointestinal upset can occur after a vaccination, it should be temporary. If vomiting or diarrhea persists, worsens, or is accompanied by other symptoms, consult your veterinarian.
4. Swelling or a lump at the injection site: Some cats may develop a small, temporary lump or swelling at the injection site. If the lump doesn't decrease in size after a week or if it grows, becomes hot, or painful, contact your veterinarian.
5. Allergic reactions: Rarely, cats may have an allergic reaction to a vaccine. Symptoms can include facial swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, or sudden collapse. If you suspect an allergic reaction, contact your veterinarian immediately, as this can be a life-threatening emergency.
6. Persistent or worsening symptoms: If your cat's symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they worsen, contact your veterinarian for advice.
Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution. If you're concerned about your cat's health following a vaccination, don't hesitate to consult your veterinarian for guidance.