Many serious infectious diseases affecting cats can be controlled by vaccines. With over 20 million pet cats in the United States, your feline is likely to come in contact with an infectious disease at one time or another. Even indoor cats can be exposed to viral diseases carried in the air, in dust, or on clothing. Vaccinations are inexpensive protection against costly treatment, or even the premature death of your cat.
Also known as "cat distemper," it is a highly contagious and often fatal disease in young cats. It is easily transmitted from cat to cat. Signs include depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Feline Respiratory Diseases
They are all highly contagious and widespread. High death rates occur in young and older cats. Signs of these diseases include sneezing, fever, nasal discharges, runny nose, coughing, conjunctivitis (eyelid infections), mouth ulcers, and general depression. These diseases include:
- Calici Virus
Upper respiratory infections are easily spread from cat to cat by sneezing, etc. A stray cat that seems outwardly healthy may be a "carrier" infecting your pet, even through a screen window. Protection from all the above diseases are included in one injection. A series of the injections is necessary to build the antibody protection needed to help your cat develop a high degree of immunity against these diseases.
This is now considered to be the leading cause of death in cats. It is a cancer-causing virus that often suppresses the ability to fight other infections. Kittens can be born with the virus. Cats can have the leukemia virus for years before showing signs of the disease. Feline Leukemia is not transmissible to humans or dogs. There is no successful treatment once signs develop.
Rabies is a fatal viral infection of the nervous system that attacks all warm-blooded animals, including humans. Cats have outnumbered dogs in reported cases since 1981. Rabies is a public health hazard. South Carolina requires vaccinations against Rabies — it is state law. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Even indoor cats may be infected through contact with a carrier in a basement, garage, or attic. There is no cure! Vaccination is very important for your safety, as well as the safety of your pet.
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