Just as we get flu, so can cats and just as easily! Cat flu is a highly contagious virus that can be contracted by cats of all ages.
Symptoms of Cat flu include:
- Moderate fever
- Loss of appetite, sneezing, eye and nasal discharges
- Ulcers and blisters on the tongue
- Mild to severe pneumonia
Kittens are particularly affected, but the disease can be dangerous in any unprotected cat, as effective treatment is limited. Even if a cat recovers, it can remain a carrier for life and continue too infect other cats as well as suffer from chronic sneezing and runny eyes. Vaccination is therefore tremendously important.
Feline Infectious Enteritis
This highly contagious virus is so resistant that it can survive outside up to a year outside a cat’s body! Therefore, as most cats will be exposed to it during their lifetime vaccination against this potentially fatal disease is absolutely essential.
Symptoms of Enteritis
- Severe dehydration
Happily, the vaccine itself is very effective at preventing the disease.
Feline AIDS (FIV)
Feline AIDS (FIV) is transmitted in cats by deep bite wounds and scratches. Therefore, outdoor cats which fight with other cats are at higher risk of contracting FIV.
Cats infected with FIV may remain healthy for a number of years. While some infected cats show no signs of the disease, others may become unwell and suffer from constant infections among other symptoms. As the disease progresses the immune system becomes too weak to fight off infections. As a result the cat will die of theses infections. However, FIV can easily be prevented through a course of vaccinations