We know how important the health and well-being of your companion animal is to you. Therefore, we want to offer you relevant information if you have a cat at home on the most frequent viral diseases.
These infectious diseases are usually manifested in vagrant cats, not sterilized and that do not receive veterinary controls periodically.
WHAT ARE VIRAL DISEASES?
They are infectious diseases that are produced by an invasion of viruses in the body. The intensity with which it penetrates, the state of health and the lifestyle of the animal will determine to a great extent its progression.
This disease occurs frequently in young cats and kittens and is caused by a parvovirus “related” to the canine parvovirus. The infection is produced orally. Animals that are affected by panleukopenia usually present these symptoms: fever, diarrhea, vomiting and a considerable drop in the number of white blood cells or leukocytes.
Vaccinating your panleukopenia cat from 8 or 9 weeks of age is the best way to prevent this disease. It is necessary to revaccinate it annually
Rhinotracheitis is caused by a herpesvirus, a virus that affects a large number of cats, especially those that are not vaccinated. It is very contagious being in many cases the focus of infection the collectivities of kittens or by the use of the same feeder with uninfected animals. The symptoms that appear are very similar to the flu in people: respiratory, fever, mucus, sneezing, conjunctivitis.
This disease together with the rhinotracheitis form what is known as the Feline Flu. Calicivirosis is transmitted by direct contact with sick cats or contact with contaminated nasal or oral secretions. It causes anorexia, mucus, conjunctivitis and in the most severe cases pneumonia.
FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS
Young cats are those that are affected by this disease that is produced by a coronavirus. The catteries and colonies of cats is where it usually appears. The symptoms are high fever and lack of appetite, inflamed abdomen.
This feline viral disease is also known as the AIDS of cats. It is transmitted by the bite of infected animals to healthy ones and affects cats that live in freedom and that are not castrated. It is a very serious disease that may not show symptoms for years and that can be complicated by secondary diseases due to an immunodeficiency. The symptoms are fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea, skin and respiratory infections …
It is important to follow the cat vaccination schedule from puppy and revaccinate it every year. Although vaccines do not exempt you from contracting diseases, they greatly help reduce the chances of becoming infected. Apart from the vaccine, it is also important to maintain hygiene routines, especially if the sick cat shares space with other animals.