Feline distemper is very scary and dangerous viral disease. This virus attacks the red blood cells, marrow cells, gastrointestinal cells and even fetal stem cells. This disease is the hardest for the kittens under the age of six months, pregnant cats and animals with weakened immune system. In these cases without urgent treatment the probability of animal death is very high.
The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted by contact with the blood, urine and faeces of an infected animal. Also it is transferred by fleas that move from an infected animal to a healthy (how to get rid of the cat’s fleas we have mentioned before). Even a man who was in contact with sick animals and did not washe his hands can become a reason for your cat distemper infection. Household items can also be a source of infection if a sick animals contacts them before healthy one. Besides feline distemper can be passed from mother to kittens through the milk and blood when they are still in the womb.
Symptoms of distemper in cats
The first symptoms of distemper in cats occur within 2-10 days after infection. The animal becomes lethargic (as if it does not want to do anything), body temperature increases (up to 40-41 degrees), vomiting begins (sometimes even several times an hour, may be with blood or foam). After some time, diarrhea may start and blood stool may occur. After some time the cat can have a stomachache, in such cases it lies on its stomach in a hunched posture.
Other signs of distemper are the following: a cat stops to care for itself (for example, doesn’t wash itself), may have puss from the eyes and sniffles, and a complete lack of appetite (and refuses to eat and to drink).
Video: symptoms of distemper in cats
Treatment of distemper in cats:
Sometimes a cat with strong immune system can cope with the disease but in most cases it needs help. Unfortunately there is no special medicine to treat distemper in cats so the treatment at home is not desirable. On first suspicions that your cat is ill for distemper it is necessary to show it to the vet as soon as possible. A doctor will be able to choose an individual course of treatment.
Typically distemper’s treatment is fighting with the symptoms. First a serum is given to the cat to stimulate the immune system and then antibiotics with a broad spectrum of action. If an animal suffers from severe dehydration the vet can give a dropper. Additionally, during treatment vitamins and means with high content of glucose are used, they also allow to strengthen the immune system. Distemper treatment is difficult but possible: depending on the animal the therapy can last from several days to two weeks.
Prevention of distemper in cats
The best way to treat distemper in cats is to prevent the disease. To do this you must make a special vaccination, which will prevent the appearance of the disease during the year. After vaccination, the process must be repeated.
Price vaccinated against distemper in cats
The cost of vaccination against distemper depends on such factors: the vaccine and venue. The imported vaccine will be more expensive and domestic is cheaper. Vaccination in clinic will be much cheaper than at home. Also the prices may depend on the city (usually, the larger is the city the higher is the vaccination price).