What are the first signs of distemper in cats?

By: Mike LutzUpdated: November 07, 2020


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What are the symptoms of distemper to look out for?
  • Excessive sneezing. If your cat is infected, she may have sneezing fits that last for long periods of time.
  • Runny nose. Your cat may have a hard time breathing due to a runny nose.
  • Discharge from eyes.
  • Presumed headache.
  • Fever.
  • Dehydration.
  • Loss of balance.
  • Difficulty walking.

Keeping this in consideration, how Long Can cats live with distemper?

There is little chance of survival without hospitalization. If a cat is lucky enough to recover from this infection, generally no permanent damage is retained and the cat goes on with lifetime immunity. Virus is shed for up to 6 weeks after recovery.

Beside above, can humans get feline distemper?

Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) Feline panleukopenia (FPV), also known as feline distemper, is a viral infection among cats that is caused by parvovirus. While it is not contagious for humans or dogs, ferrets can spread the disease to and can obtain the disease from cats.

Can feline distemper be cured?

Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, is an extremely contagious and deadly disease caused by a virus. The virus is spread through contact with an infected cat's saliva, urine, blood, nasal discharge, or feces. There is no cure for panleukopenia and, without treatment, it has a high mortality rate.

How long does feline distemper take to show symptoms?

Transmission of feline panleukopenia virus occurs by exposure of a susceptible cat to fecal material from an infected cat. The incubation period, meaning the time it takes from exposure for a cat to show clinical signs, can be up to 14 days; however, it is typically closer to 3-7 days.


How do they test for distemper in cats?

Any kitten with fever, appetite loss, diarrhea, and/or vomiting is a suspect for feline distemper. Classically, a white blood cell count shows almost no white blood cells; there are very few causes of white cell counts this low and the infection can be considered confirmed.

What are the symptoms of distemper?

Signs & Symptoms of Distemper in Dogs
  • Fever.
  • Lethargy.
  • Eye and/or nasal discharge.
  • Coughing.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.

How is distemper treated?

If your dog contracts distemper, supportive care is the only treatment available. This can include IV fluids, anti-seizure medications and medications to help control vomiting and diarrhea. Antibiotics are also often used to treat secondary bacterial infections that may be present as well.

Can a vaccinated cat get distemper?

Kittens are at highest risk for this disease, and adult cats with current vaccinations are at very low risk. If multiple vaccinated adult cats are infected, panleukopenia is very unlikely to be the cause.

How long does it take for distemper to run its course?

One to six weeks for the majority of cases with most showing signs within one to four weeks. When do dogs infected with distemper become contagious?

What does distemper do to cats?

As this disease affects your cat's cerebellum, she may lose her sense of balance. Distemper causes nerve damage, so your cat may struggle to walk. If the infection has spread into your cat's intestines or bone marrow, she may experience bouts of diarrhea. Your cat may have vomiting episodes that last for several hours.

Can you get sick from kissing your cat?

It is true that the bacteria in a cat's mouth is quite similar to that of humans. As such, at any point in time, a cat's mouth may be no dirtier than ours. However, cats contain certain other bacteria in their mouths, which cause gum disease. To be safe, avoid kissing your cat on the lips.