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Infectious diseases of cats   arrow

Your cat may be exposed to many diseases during its lifetime. Many are preventable, while others may be treated or controlled. Routine examinations, including vaccinations, may help your cat healthy and free of diseases. 

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Potential threats to your cat’s health:

Feline Panleukopenia (FPL)

  • Caused by highly contagious and potentially fatal virus
  • Pregnant cats may have abortion or give birth to kittens with impaired neurological signs.
  • Typical clinical signs : high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, dehydration ,neurological signs and other complications that can result in death.

 

Feline Respiratory Disease/ Cat Flu

Feline Rhinotracheitis/ herpesvirus

  • A widespread and highly contagious upper respiratory disease in cats.
  • A serious threat to young kittens, but cats of all ages are at risk
  • Clinical signs : sneezing, runny nose and eyes and coughing, conjunctivitis
  • These cats may or may not exhibit signs of disease, but they will shed the virus continuously.

Feline Calicivirus

  • A widespread and highly contagious upper respiratory disease in cats.
  • The severity of infection with this virus depends on several factors, including the presence of other viruses and bacteria.
  • Clinical signs : sneezing, runny nose and eyes, penumonia, ulcers /blisters on tongue and other respiratory signs

Chlamydia psitttaci

  • A bacteria responsible for chronic mild upper respiratory disease.
  • It can be exacerbate other diseases caused by viruses.
  • Clinical signs : sneezing, runny nose and eyes, conjunctivitis, coughing, heavy salivation
  • It is a ZOONOTIC disease that can infect human and causes fever and conjunctivitis.
  • Infected cats may shed the bacteria with or without exhibiting the signs of the disease

 

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Ulcer / blisters on the cat’s tongue

Feline Leukemia ( FeLV)

  • A fatal disease – also known as cat AIDS
  • Most commonly diagnosed feline cancer and is the cause of about one third of all cancer deaths among cats.
  • Suppresses the cat’s immune system, leaving it unable to ward off normal everyday infections.
  • Clinical signs includes : lack of appetite, weight loss, pale/yellow mucous membrane, vomiting, reproductive problems, enlarged lymph nodes, increase susceptibility to other infections and tumour.
  • Transmision : cat-to-cat contact (through saliva, secretions, tears, urine…) ; infected mother cat to its kittens, either before they are born or during nursing/milking.