Maine Coon cats are generally a healthy and hearty breed. That being said, like the rest of us they can be susceptible to various illness, diseases and health issues. The most severe health concerns your Maine Coon may face are genetically inherited diseases/disorders such as Feline Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip displaysia, spinal muscular atrophy and hip dysplasia. Obesity and diabetes can be also be a concern if their food consumption isn't monitored. Other such concerns are behavioural issues, constipation, dental concerns, pest infestations (ear mites, fleas, ticks), heartworm, and other diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Leukemia Virus and Diabetes. By maintaining a healthy diet, regular veterinary visits, exercise and plenty of love, your furry feline should live a long and healthy life.
Preventing the transmission of infectious diseases is an important feline health issue, and vaccinations form the basis of prevention for a number of feline diseases. Visit your local veterinary clinic to find out which vaccines are recommended and why vaccination is crucial to your Maine Coon cats health and well-being.
Deciding which vaccines your Maine Coon cat should receive requires that you understand the benefits and risks of the vaccination. This is why it is extremely important that you discuss vaccination with your veterinarian so he or she can help you decide which vaccines are most appropriate. Be sure to inform your veterinarian of your cat's lifestyle, environment, medical history, current illness or medical problems, and medications your cat may be receiving.
Mild reactions to the vaccination is fairly common and usually start within hours to several days after injection. They typically last no more than a few days. Symptoms may include:
- Discomfort at the site where the vaccine was given
- Mild fever
- Diminished appetite and activity
- Sneezing about four to seven days after administration of an intranasal vaccine
- Temporarily sore joints and lameness following calicivirus vaccination
- Development of a small, firm, painless swelling under the skin at the site where the vaccine was given.
- The swelling usually goes away after several weeks, but if you notice such a swelling, contact your veterinarian.
- Lameness, loss of appetite, and fever beginning approximately one to three weeks after Chlamydia psittaci vaccination.
While rare, serious reactions can happen. Symptoms may include:
- A tumor called a sarcoma developing at the vaccine site several weeks, months, or even longer following vaccination
- A serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction within several minutes to an hour after vaccination
If your cat shows any of these symptoms after vaccination, report them immediately to your veterinarian.