Feline Distemper (Panluekopenia) – (part of FVRCP vaccine)

This is the feline version of parvovirus, and is most commonly found in shelters or feral cats, but can affect any unvaccinated kittens or cats. Survival rate is increased in older kittens and adult cats, that may not ever show symptoms of the disease but may go on to become carriers and continue to shed the virus in their feces. Usually, the symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and sometimes neurologic signs such as loss of coordination or tremors when walking are more severe in young kittens. There is no specific treatment, but without supportive care including antibiotics, fluids/electrolytes, and medications to treat nausea and diarrhea the virus can become life-threatening. The best prevention is vaccination by a veterinarian beginning at 8-9 weeks and repeated every 3-4 weeks until 20 weeks of age, then every 1-3 years as an adult.