8 Cat Diseases You Can Prevent
You want healthy cats. So don't let preventable diseases stand in the way.
The American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association recommend that every cat should have or receive immunizations with core vaccines.
We've put together a list of some of the most devastating diseases that are preventable through vaccination:
Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)This is the most widespread disease of cats and is extremely contagious. Transmitted through blood, urine, feces and nasal secretions. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. High death rate, especially among kittens. Read Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper) for more information.
Feline Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpesvirus)Attacks the upper respiratory tract. Highly contagious so all kittens and cats are at risk, but the death rate is much higher for kittens. Characterized by sneezing, loss of appetite, fever and eye inflammation. Read Feline Herpesvirus (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis) for more information.
Feline CalicivirusAttacks the lungs and lower respiratory tract. Causes 40 percent of all respiratory diseases in cats. Often complicated by other infections; ulcers may be seen on the tongue and lips. Highly contagious and transmitted by sneezing. Read Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats for more information.
Feline Pneumonitis (Chlamydia)Bacterial respiratory infection caused by Chlamydia psittaci. Produces conjunctivitis (eye infections) and upper respiratory infections. Highly contagious; can be transmitted to humans and cattle. Look for inflamed eyes, occasional sneezing, tearing with salivation and coughing. Read Feline Chlamydia - "Cat Pink Eye" for more information.
Feline LeukemiaA viral disease that attacks the immune system and increases the cat's susceptibility to other diseases. Spread via saliva (primarily by bites) and is eventually fatal. Symptoms: Weight loss, recurring or chronic illness, unusual breathing patterns and pale or yellow color around the mouth and whites of the eyes. Read Feline Leukemia Virus for more information.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)Caused by a coronavirus and is spread by direct cat-to-cat contact or by contact with contaminated surfaces. There is no cure and the disease is fatal. Read Feline Coronavirus and FIP in Cats for more information.
Feline Bordetella BronchisepticaUpper respiratory infection caused by Bordetella bacteria. Clinical signs: coughing, ocular discharge, fever, lack of appetite, listlessness, sneezing, nasal discharge, swollen lymph nodes and increased lung sounds. Read Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats for more information.
RabiesThe most feared disease and is almost always fatal. Attacks the brain and central nervous system. Transmitted to humans through a bite or scratch by an infected animal. Read Rabies in Dogs and Cats for more information.
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