Feline Enteritis(Feline Panleukopenia)
is a severe and highly infectious disease
caused by a virus from the Parvovirus family. We insist all of the cats that
come to stay at Auldyn Cattery are vaccinated against this disease.
The virus is very tough and can with stand temperatures up
to 56C for up to 30 minutes, also many disinfectants. I t can also survive in
many environments for some years.
The symptoms for Feline Enteritis:
- General depression
- Loss of Appetite
- Dehydration from the vomiting and Diarrhea
These symptoms can appear rapidly and if not death often
occurs within the first 5 days.
Cats can become infected by direct contact with other
infected cats through urine, faeces, saliva or vomit. Also it can be passed on
through indirect contact, like bedding, food bowls, by human contact. The virus
is passed from mother cats to their kittens.
Treatment is given by letting the cats own antibodies try
and fight the infection, also by a blood transfusion, antibiotics for any
secondary infection, electrolytes for dehydration, vitamin B and C through
injections. Even with all this treatment and care, this virus has a 70%
Prevention is so much easier. Vaccinations for your cat are
given by your vet to prevent this disease. Also clean bedding, food bowls etc. are
important to reduce the risk of any outbreak.
Feline Calicivirusis a feline respiratory disease.There are many strains to this infection which means symptoms do vary.
- nasal discharge
- running salvation
- ulceration of tongue and palate
- in some case this virus can cause pneumonia
- secondary bacterial infections can arise like anorexia or dehydration
Cats become infected by direct contact through discharge of nasal and mouth or from cat to cat. Indirect contact also passes the virus on through contaminated food bowls, bedding etc. Cats can remain carriers of the infection for years.
The treatment for the virus is the removal of any nasal or eye discharge which makes the cat more comfortable and fluids and food for any anorexia or dehydration present.
Prevention of this virus is as simple as a routine vaccination, therefore we at Auldyn Cattery require this vaccination for the health and well being of yours and others cats.