May 22, 2014

Feline Panleukopenia AKA Feline Distemper

Cat distemper symptoms are similar to those displayed when a dog is infected with Parvo virus. Feline Distemper virus in cats, also known as panleukopenia (PLV or panleuk); is most commonly transmitted through the exchange of fluids, contact with any virus contaminated area, insects, and excrements. Cat distemper symptoms of the virus are very similar to canine distemper. Feline Distemper in cats is most common in large groups (ferals, shelters, kittens etc) when there are no vaccinations for the virus given. It rapidly spreads and is supported in many different climates. Purrfect Fence offers a wide variety of health benefits from the physical to the emotional. One of the important factors to consider is how many different types of life-threatening obstacles your cat may face on a daily basis if not properly protected.

Cat distemper symptoms are usually detectable ten days after infection. Symptoms of distemper are similar to any sickness and are an overall abnormal behavior. More specifically to determine cat distemper symptoms you should look for high fever, vomiting, anorexia, (abdominal pain from anorexia or hunched over position) and lethargy. The panleukopenia virus will also show a drop in white blood cell count, and can also be detected through finding antibodies in the blood.

The panleukopenia virus can remain alive and contractible for years. It is shed by a previously infected cat for months after recovery. Purrfect Fence aids in the prevention of wandering which helps to reduce or eliminate the chances of spreading or passing infection of the feline distemper virus. Our systems encourage a safer distance from wildlife and stray or feral cats; offering an increased protection from this hearty panleukopenia virus.

Purrfect Fence has been utilized in shelter situations to separate FELV/ FIV cats from healthy cats. Because these diseases spread in similar manners and share the same symptoms of feline distemper, vaccinations for all of these illnesses are preventative measures and essential for a safe and healthy cat. Although feline distemper is a curable illness, it like any other sickness should be cared for properly, quarantined if possible, and avoided thoroughly responsible ownership.


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