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Feline Distemper

Feline Distemper

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calici Virus are highly contagious respiratory diseases that are sometimes fatal. These viruses are transmitted from cat to cat through contact with saliva, nose, and eye discharge. The virus can also be transmitted through contact with water and food bowls and litter boxes.

Signs of Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calici Virus

  • Fever
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal and/or eye discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Open mouth breathing

Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper) is a viral disease which causes severe gastrointestinal upset and abdominal pain and is often fatal, especially in kittens. It is highly contagious. The disease may be transmitted from mother to unborn baby, through direct contact between infected cats, as well as by contact with contaminated bowls, bedding, and litter boxes.

Signs of Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)

  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Your kitten should receive their first FVRCP vaccine at 6 weeks old and then boostered every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old for full immunity.  Your kitten will then be boostered once yearly after that.

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