Feline Distemper or Panleukopenia (FPV)

Feline distemper or panleukopenia is a virus that attacks the cat’s blood cells in the bone marrow and intestinal tract. It is a highly contagious and life-threatening condition. The virus is transmitted through excreted body fluids (blood, feces, urine) and via fleas. Infected queens pass the virus to kittens through the placenta or milk. The disease manifests with:

  • High fever
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (with blood)
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Anemia
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rough hair coat

Infected cats require an aggressive approach. Since there is no existing cure for the virus, the treatment includes supportive therapy. Unfortunately, the chances of surviving the disease are extremely low. Scheduled vaccination is the best prevention.

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