Panleulopenia, is also know as feline distemper. It is a common yet highly contagious viral infection of cats, similar to parvovirus infection in dogs. It can cause serous and often fatal disease in unvaccinated cats, particularly Kittens. Vomiting, dehydration, weakness, and poor appetite are common symptoms in cats.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis refers to upper respiratory infections caused by a feline herpesvirus (this virus does not infect people). Your cat’s symptoms would include sneezing and ocular and nasal discharge, the type of discharge similar to a common cold in people. Once infected, cats usually carry the herpes virus for the rest of their lives and may become sick when stressed.
Feline Calicivirus is a common, highly contagious cause of upper respiratory infections in cats. Symptoms caused by this virus are similar to those cased by the herpes-virus, and include sneezing and ocular discharge. In some cases, cats may develop painful ulcers on their tongue and in the back of their throats as a result of this infection.
NOTE: The 3 –in-one FCRCP Vaccination, commonly referred to as the “distemper shot,” protects cats against Panleukopenia (feline distemper), and feline herpes-virus as well as Calicivirus. This is highly recommended for all cat guardians.
It is always recommended to consult with your veterinarian before administering immunizations and vaccinations to your pets.
Sources: American Hospital Association, Humane Society, American Association of Feline Practitioners, University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Article Courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT Editorial Team