It has come to our attention that there has been an outbreak of a deadly cat virus in the midlands recently. Many of the vets in the Pmb area are reporting unvaccinated cats and kittens dying of Feline Panleukopaenia Virus. 90% of infected unvaccinated cats will die.
Panleukopaenia is related to the Parvo virus and is completely preventable by vaccinating annually with the routine 3 in 1 vaccination. We are all familiar with the Canine Parvo Virus, but the Feline Parvo Virus has been around longer and is more serious. The virus is persistent in the environment for about a year, which means that even if your cats never go out, you can bring this virus into your home on your shoes or clothing.
Most cats have been exposed to the virus to some extent and it is unusual for a kitten to have no immunity whatsoever. Infection is commonly seen in unvaccinated kittens that are kept in groups. Here they are exposed to large amounts of the virus which consequently overcomes their maternal immunity. Infected cats shed large amounts of the virus in all body fluids.
New kittens introduced into a home with other cats should be fully vaccinated (8, 12 and 16 weeks) If not, your resident cats’ vaccinations should be up to date. If your cat’s vaccinations are not up to date, they will need a booster and should be quarantined from the unvaccinated kitten for 2 weeks.
In light of this problem in our area, we would like to offer new kitten owners an incentive to get their vaccinations done.
If a kitten has come to us for the first (8 week) and second (12 week) vaccinations, we will give them the third (16 week) vaccination at half price. As a community we all need to work together to get this frightening disease under control.