I have consulted with Dr Google and quickly realised that there is no reference, on the internet, to Alabama rot (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV)) affecting cats but that does not mean conclusively that it does not affect cats. What I’m saying is that, at present, there is no information which indicates to people that this nasty disease affects cats.
There appear to have been no cases of cat suffering from Alabama rot. Since it has been around for over 30 years, the lack of cases regarding cats would indicate that it does not affect cats.
Veterinarians and specialists are still trying to come to grips with this disease. It has affected dogs in the UK and, as I understand it, it has been present in the USA since the 1980s.
It causes the skin to rot and it shuts down the kidneys. I believe that some dogs have recovered but a significant percentage died as a result or a veterinarian has decided that the best course of action is euthanasia. Since 2012 it has killed almost 100 dogs in the UK. It is generally fatal for dogs.
It appears that when dogs are taken for a walk in woodland areas they can pick up this infection, if it is an infection. It looks as though it is an infection to me. It may be a bacterial infection or caused by the toxins created by a rare form of E. coli.
Symptoms include tiredness, vomiting, reduced appetite and the signs of kidney failure. If any visitors have knowledge of this disease I would be very grateful if they would pass that knowledge on to other visitors in a comment. Thank you in advance.
Current conclusion: Alabama Rot does not affect cats…