A little over a year ago we took Calvin to the vet for his booster shots. In addition, the vet pressured us into giving him a Feline Leukemia shot, too. I objected, at first, but they kept pressuring me, citing how prevalent this disease supposedly is. They gave him a blood test, and said he was fine, and administered many shots. He went into the vet's office a vibrant, healthy, and active cat, who loved climbing trees, and being as busy as a cat can be. He came home limp as a wet rag. He never recovered. Eight months later, he got very ill. Of course, we called the vets office during all of this illness, and they kept denying the vaccines had anything to do with this. They wanted us to bring him in for further tests, at the cost of almost $800 for them. We didn't have that kind of money. Now, it's been a little over a year, and Calvin has lost a lot of weight, is partially paralyzed, and has a long lump on his chest. We are outraged, because there is no other explanation to this downslide in a healthy, only 10 year old cat to suddenly be helpless, and can barely move. I have apologized profusely to Calvin for being the cause of his suffering. No more vaccines for my animals.... maybe for puppies and kittens, and then nothing more after the age of 1 or 2! Why do they need so many boosters if vaccines work? Well, they don't, they are just money makers, and they put toxins into the animals year after year.... No sense in cutting a young cat's life so short, and it's unnecessary, if they are healthy.
Calvin before his vaccinations that made him ill. He was 19.5 lbs., now he is "skin and bones." We have watched him suffering terribly, and there is no forgiveness to the vets that did this to him, when they are so adamnant against any suggestion.
I am still sick at heart the way they made him suffer so much for three blasted years!
Update: September, 2014
Now we just found out Calvin's illness is DIABETES and yes, over vaccination can cause diabetes!
It will cause immediate insulin resistance. Then it becomes diabetes rather rapidly.
The above link is about human vaccinations, but it is most likely it can apply to our pets, as well, who undergo multiple vaccinations EACH YEAR of their lives, and are overdosed/damaged by 6 to 8 yrs. of age.
Calvin was born on April 24, 2004.
Update on Calvin - January 2015
Calvin is doing better. After $2500.00 (OUCH) and much vet care he is recovering from his illness. The vet hopes he will beat diabetes eventually. Cats are not like humans and can recover from diabetes. He also has hip displasia and takes monthly laser therapy treatments at about $35 each.
He is on a special diabetic diet (expensive).
There is no excuse for multiple vaccinations each time a cat or dog visits a vet. Veterinary medicine is beginning to catch on, since diabetes is rare in cats in the first place, and now there is an epidemic! It is reasonable to believe that multiple vaccinations in humans is also showing diabetes in numbers never heard of before. Vaccinations in themselves are probably not bad, but when multiples are given at the same time, or in short succession, it has to be questioned. I am not anti-vaccine, but I am for safe vaccinations given in a timely manner.
We presently are taking Calvin to a vet that does not believe in multiple vaccinations at the same time, and takes care they are spaced out for maximum safety. She is a gem compared to our previous vet!
October 27, 2016 Update
At the end of his life, on August 2nd, 2016, he was nearly unconcious and we brought him to our vet, and had to mercifully put him down. He was skin and bones, and we had spent nearly $4,000 total to save his life. I couldn't bear for him to have to suffer more, so the decision was made. We miss him so much. They (Standiford Veterinary Clinic) did this to a healthy cat!
Calvin's grave in the garden at the Koi Pond - his Koi pond.
He spent many hours out there watching the fish.