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Feline Diseases

Chlamydia Psittaci

 This bacteria attacks the respiratory system, leaving its victim with many respiratory problems, fever, eye mucus, respiratory infection, malnutrition and dehydration. After catching this virus an animal is more at risk of catching additional viruses. This is due to there now compromised immune system. Chlamydia is VERY contagious. The best prevention is to vaccinate your cats appropriately  before they contact it as a preventative.


Feline Panleukopenia

 Is to be taken very seriously!

please vaccinate through your veterinarian at the appropriate times. If your cat Catches this it is highly CONTAGEOUS. This virus takes the animals immune system rendering it unable to fight infection. Signs of Panleukopenia are dehydration, malnutrition, loss of appetite, throwing up, and temperature spike.  This virus is able to live for years without a living host. The best way to remove this from a space is to clean it properly. Bleach will be your best defence in regards to cleaning the environment.


 Calici virus ((FCV)

When this virus occurs it effects the lungs and respiratory  system. If unnoticed or untreated this virus can become Pneumonia, even becoming fatal. Kittens with this virus are most at risk of death. If a expecting mother has Calici virus she can easily pass it to he unborn kittens, either shortly after birth or before birth.


 Rhinotracheitis virus

This is a virus that all cats are susceptible to catch. The virus strikes very fast especially if the animal has been exposed to stress. signs can be recognised early. Sneezing sinus conjunction and eye problems. Animals with Rhinotracheitis  can have there symptoms treated, but there is no cure for the virus. They will now be a carrier for life. Other signs are loss of appetite and dehydration. This virus can be linked with the Herpes virus.


Leukemia

Is a fast moving disease after being contracted through saliva a good sign  of Leukemia is yellowing around the whites of the eyes and around the mouth. this virus is HIGHLY contagious, and fatal. Other health problems can easily occur  with Leukemia as it weekends the immune system.

Capnocytophaga Cynodegmi 


This is a very rare virus, not commonly seen. This virus is  a zoonotic, gram-Negative  bacteria. It is usually isolated from people with infections associated with dog or cat bites. The name Cynodegmi is derived from the greek kyno (dog) and degmos (bite) Capnocytophaga  Cynodegmi has been found in the saliva, gingival crevices, and nasal cavities of 16% of dogs and 18% of cats. in these cases the source of infection could be the mother. This virus is not passed from cat to cat by enviroment or contact.

Signs of this virus are, swollen joints, fuzing of the joints, laimness,  disorientation, yellowish mucus on the bone or joints. convultions, spaced out animals, fever, loss of appitite, weight loss. This virus is not often found in cats but has and can accure. There is notation of this virus also accuring in cows, but there is no medical link to the cats and cows. This virus is most likely  passed when the umbilical cord is severed by  a carrier mother cat. A good preventative is to use a small amount of iodine on the end of the umbilical cord shortly after birth. continue cleaning the cord like this for up to a week. A carrier will live a long and healthy life. A mother cat that passes this should be spayed so she does not re infect new litters at the time of there birth. we have unfortunately  had o deal with the heart break of loosing 2 kittens to this virus in 2013.  We  were very lucky to have the assistance of our great Vetrinarian as well as the University of Saskatoon. this virus has now been documented and tested by them, through autopsy.  Even though we were faced with  the  death of 2 precious kittens  by admitting we has this happen, we were able to provide the first Peterbald kitten specamins  in Canada to The University of Saskatoon. This has allowed us personaly to learn and grow from our unfortunate situation. I has also finally allowed  resurchers to have some genetic information about the Peterbald breed. Some breeders feel  this genetic information is invaluable to there exsperieance, but we feel it is a very important part of knowing and caring for the Peterbald breed. Animal medical science is a tool we can only use to better our selves as breeders and better our breed of animals. 





FIP Feline Infection Peritonitis

Is a Very serious DISEASE. It is not easily tested. As the antibodies produces against other feline diseases can be very similar, s symptoms of FIP. Some symptoms of FIP are fever, weight loss ,eye problems, swelling in the stomach, and fluid in the lungs. If your cat has any of these symptoms more then once, it may be a good idea to talk to your vet.

~With 'Classic" FIP fluid builds up in the abdomen you may even see the abdomen become very distended.

~With "Dry" FIP it has different symptoms. The difference is with dry there is no fluid build up. Symptoms o look for in dry are, fevers on a regular basis, weight loss , and loss of apatite. Dry FIP is more common then classic.


Only about 5 to 10 % of cats that come in contact with FIP will get it. The other 90 to 95 % will become immune to FIP.

For the unlucky 5 to 10% of cats that do get FIP, it is almost always ends in death. There is no cure for FIP, there is only temporary treatment  for the symptoms.



Feline Corona Virus (FoCV)

Is common in multi cat homes as well as catteries. With this virus it attacks the white blood cells. It can spread from one cat to the other very quickly. Incubation time for FoCV is 2 weeks. So by the time you know your cat has it has most likely come in contact with all your cats. In domestic cats about 1%of cats/kittens with corona virus get FIP. I believe that the Peterbald and Donskoy cats have a higher % due to there compromised immune system. This virus can last 7-8 weeks.in cat feces. Bleach is the best prevention. It kills the corona virus off surfaces.

*add a small amount of bleach to your cats laundry.

*add a few drops of bleach to your carpet cleaner or steamer to shampoo cat furniture.

*Clean litter boxes and scoops with bleach daily.

* Any liquid soap can have 1 or 2 drops of bleach added. washing your hands with this kills bacteria.

~ scoop litter sits in a box way to long, using a paper based litter like Yesterdays news  that can be dumped daily is

safer for your cat as well as the environment.


Tests available for the Corona virus are

*blood tests can check antibodies to the corona virus. The problem is it can not distinguish between the Corona and the FIP, 2 separate conditions. As FIP is highly contagious and animal suspected of possible FIP should be quoranteaned until a veterinarian further examines the animal, for any other signs of FIP. Until this is ruled out.



~When asking about blood test as for the FELV/FIV combo this way you cat can be ttested for multiple viruses at once.  How this test works is  Serial Dilution of serum (1/50 to 1/6400) are incubated with virus-infected cells. When antibodies to the feline coronavirus are present and bind to the  infected cells, they are detected by an enzymatic reaction. The result are expressed as a titre count. Which is the reciprocal of the highest serum dilution to produce a detectable reaction. This test does not distinguish between the enteric form of the virus and FIP and can not be used as conclusive evidence for the diagnosis of FIP. When a cat tests positive on this test more then 4 weeks in a row  they have a very good chance of having FIP. this can only be determined officially after death.

*the animal should be kept away from other animals.

*Do not transport an animal by public transportation, until you are sure no other animals are at risk.

*Animals placed in quarantine due to Corona counts are unfit to fly, until there counts are down.

(You need to think about  other peoples animals in close proximity, close enough to contract the Corona or FIP)


Corona can also be tested by fecal diagnosis to determin a more extensive Corona break down.




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