A vet in Derby has given cat owners a warning regarding a potential deadly virus affecting cats in the area. Saint Leonard Veterinary has seen an increase in the number of reported cases of feline panleukopenia virus, or FPV, also known by the name of feline enteritis. The RSPCA has also reminded owners about the importance of vaccinating their cats as the virus can kill.
FPV is Highly Contagious
FPV is a serious and highly contagious viral disease. The symptoms appear around 10 days after infection and can lead to death within up to five days after the symptoms occur. Cats can spread the disease once they’ve been infected through contact, but also through infection. Furthermore, the viral disease can even by carried by humans via clothing and footwear. Human living areas and equipment can also become contaminated with the disease once a human has had contact with an infected cat.
The Symptoms of FPV
Here are the symptoms of FPV:
- Decrease in appetite
- Pain in the abdominal area
Kittens are most at risk to the virus as their immune systems are still developing. Take your cat to the vet if you notice any of the symptoms. The vet can treat the disease through a variety if treatments such as rehydration, blood transfusions, vitamins and antibiotics.
Isolate Infected Cats
Cats that have FPV need to be isolated to prevent the disease from spreading. Any contact with an infected cat needs to be done so only with protective clothing and gloves being worn. All other pets should not come into contact with the infected cat.
Vaccinations help to prevent FPV. Kittens should be vaccinated at 9 and 12 weeks followed by annual boosters.