Also known as Feline Panleucopenia, this viral disease is the most dangerous affecting cats.
It is very contagious and the death rate is high, especially under 12 months of age. Pregnant cts may lose their young or give birth to kittens with abnormalities, quite often with brain damage. Symptoms are depression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea, often with blood and severe abdominal pain. The virus spreads so easily that heavily contaminated areas may need cleaning with a special disinfectant. Cats that do recover may continue to carry the virus for some time and infect other cats.
Feline Respiratory Disease (Cat flu)
Otherwise known as "Cat Flu" it is caused in 90% of cases by Feline Herpesvirus (Feline Rhinotracheitis) and/or Feline Calicivirus.
Feline respiratory disease affects cats of all ages, especially yound kittens, Siamese and Burmese cats. It is highly contagious and cuases sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and tongue ulcers. Fortunatley, the death rate is low except in young kittens, but the disease is distressing and may persist for several weeks. Recovered cats can continue to carry and spread the infectionfor long periods.
Feline AIDS is a disease caused by infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and affects the cat's immune system. Their natural defence against attack by other diseases may be seriously affected, much in the same way as human AIDS.
This disease is not transmittable to humans.
FIV is almost always transmitted by bites from infected cats. The virus that causes that disease is present in saliva. While some infected cats show no sign of disease, others may display initial symptoms sucha s fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. As the disease progresses, symptoms may occur such as weight loss, sores in and around the mouth, eye lesions, poor coat and chronic infections. Eventually, the immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infetions and diseases. As a result, the cat may die from one of these subsequent infections. Unfortunately in Australia, a lot of cats are infected with this virus.
After vaccination care
Your cat may be "off colour" for a day or two, some may have slight swelling and tenderness or apin around the injection site. On rare occasions reactions may be more serious.
Please contact our veterinarian immediately if you cat shows symptoms of distress.