One question many clients ask is why indoor-only cats need to be vaccinated for rabies. It is an understandable question with a fairly straightforward answer: in the state of Pennsylvania, the rabies vaccine is required by law for all cats and dogs 12 weeks of age and older, with a booster vaccine at one year of age, and then re-vaccination every one to three years thereafter, depending on the licensing of the vaccine being used. Most other states in the US have similar requirements for rabies.
As many of you know, I recently brought a foster cat named Mango into the Dr. D household. She’s a three year old, domestic longhair cat who had a litter of kittens in our care about 4 weeks ago. Mango is unbelievably sweet, even allowing my four year old son to carry her around, and my dog Maeby to nuzzle her. Mango doesn’t get along quite so swimmingly with our cat Phoebe, however. On the scale of inter-cat issues, ours are currently only at a three out of ten, but the occasional howls and screams from both cats are alarming to hear.