Feline Distemper Symptom
Acute illness is apparent very quickly and the course of the disease can be very short. From infection to death can be 3-5 days. Sometimes the person keeping the cat may not be fully aware that a kitten is ill before she/he dies as the disease acts so quickly.
Transmission of disease to kitten in the womb:
The symptom of this is a loss of balance, head tremor (from 2 weeks of age). No cure but it doesn’t get worse. See video below.
In an adult who has caught the disease the early signs are:
Later feline distemper symptoms:
Transmission of the Disease
This is a serious and widespread disease. The word “distemper” would seem to be misleading as there is no relation to distemper in dogs. It is a highly contagious disease and easily transmitted from cat to cat. It can be transmitted by people on their hands, clothing and feet. It is spread by direct contact with infected animals (cats, mink, ferrets, raccoons and wild cats) and their secretions (e.g. feces). As the virus is “hardy” it can survive in carpets, crevices and furniture for over a year.
The virus is more common in kittens before being vaccinated.
Although the virus can be killed by:
Intensive veterinary care. Important to diagnose the disease as early as possible. Measures include:
Kittens have a high death rate. Adults usually recover with prompt treatment. Adults can be carriers.
Vaccination is the most effective method.
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