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Distemper Feline

Distemper Cat (Feline Distemper)

Herbal treatments to help treat and prevent distemper and panleukopenia in cats and kittens.

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Cat distemper, also known as feline panleukopenia is a serious, highly contagious viral disease that affects the gastrointestinal, respiratory and nervous systems. Kittens that have not been vaccinated are prone to viral infections such as distemper because their immune systems are still weak.

However, cats of any age may become infected and the risk for developing the disease increases for those living in groups such as feral colonies, catteries, rescue facilities, animal shelters or pet stores. The distemper virus can survive indoors for a year and is also resistant to freezing conditions and disinfectants.

Feline Distemper usually affects kittens that less than one year of age. However, kittens that are born to infected queens, contract in utero or shortly after birth may display tremors, have a very high stepping gait, stand with their feet very far apart, or even fall down while standing or walking.

The course of the disease may be short and explosive. Advanced cases may cause death within hours. Typically, the sickness may go on for three or four days after the first elevation of body temperature. Fever will fluctuate during the illness and abruptly fall to subnormal levels shortly before death.

Signs of feline panleukopenia can vary in severity from very mild to severe. The many signs are not always typical because they mimic poisoning or having swallowed an object. Because of this, treatment may be delayed or neglected.

The symptoms and signs usually emerge within ten days of infection and include:

Depression

High fever

Lethargy

Loss of appetite

Vomiting (can be persistent)

Diarrhea

Dehydration

Anemia

Convulsions

Hanging over water dish

Cat distemper has the potential to be life-threatening. The virus kills off the white blood cells needed to fight off infection and causes ulceration in the digestive tract. As a result diarrhea and vomiting develops which leads to severe dehydration and secondary bacterial infections. If the virus strikes during pregnancy, the pregnant cat will lose her kittens.

If kittens survive, they may develop cerebellar hypoplasia, a disease which affects their central nervous system. Cerebellar hypoplasia can also develop because of vaccination during pregnancy. Although cat distemper cannot be cured, vaccinating your cat against this disease and practicing good sanitary habits can make a significant difference.

The feline distemper virus is shed in all bodily secretions and excretions of affected animals. The virus may continue to be shed for months. Fleas and other insects, especially flies, may play a role in transmission of the disease. The route of infection is either inhalation or ingestion of infective material by a susceptible host. Feline distemper virus affects all rapidly dividing cells including cells of the intestinal mucosa, bone marrow, and reticuloendothelial system.

Cat Distemper is caused by the feline parvovirus which is present in things and areas that have not been disinfected. The disease cannot be transmitted to dogs or people. It is spread through contact with an infected animal’s bodily secretions such as saliva, mucus, vomit, urine and feces. Feline distemper can be contracted through contact with infected cats, their food bowls, bedding and living area. Humans can also infect their cats if their hands or clothes are contaminated with an infected cat’s fluids. 

If your household has been exposed to the distemper virus, get rid of everything that cat infected or had contact with. Use a solution of bleach and water to kill the virus.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have proven to be highly beneficial in supporting the immune, endocrine, respiratory and digestive systems, and can be used adjunctively as safe, gentle and effective options to support distemper, protect against fever, diarrhea, respiratory symptoms and are without the harmful side effects of conventional medications.

Herbal remedies can also help to relieve cat flu symptoms such as feline sneezing, nasal congestion and watery eyes, to improve hydration, increase appetite and energy levels.  

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There are several ways to reduce the risk of your cat developing cat distemper and these include

Feed your cat high quality commercial food or an all natural diet without additives, preservatives or colorants

Provide fresh, clean water daily and encourage your cat to drink regularly

Keep your cat healthy and fit by exercising him regularly

Make sure that your cat’s vaccinations are updated regularly, especially if you intend breeding, showing or sending your cat to a boarding cattery

Vaccinate kittens between 6 and 8 weeks old, and then repeat vaccinations as per your vet’s instructions

Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your cat

Maintain a hygienic environment – regularly disinfect your pet’s food and water bowls, sleep area as well as litter box

Avoid contact between your cat and other strange cats

Strengthen your pet’s immune system with immune-building supplements

Visit your vet regularly for routine check ups to ensure overall health and wellbeing

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Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of feline distemper is based on the symptoms, your cat’s vaccination history and certain laboratory tests. Various tests such as blood tests, fecal tests, x-rays, CT scans, cerebrospinal fluid, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunofluorescence assay may be performed to confirm the diagnosis. In order to confirm the diagnosis of distemper, it is necessary to rule out other diseases.

While there is no cure for cat distemper, treatment involves administering certain medications and supportive care to keep your cat alive. This is not a condition that can be treated at home and your cat should be admitted to a hospital. Antibiotics and intravenous fluids are given to treat "bacterial infections" and to prevent dehydration.

Keep cats in a warm, well ventilated area, isolated from any other cats, during this period. Feed palatable, easily digestible, high calorie food in small amounts throughout the day. Feeding out of your hand is recommended as your pet may be very weak.

Remember to constantly shower your cat with love and attention to speed recovery. Make sure that you disinfect your hands and change your clothes before touching any unaffected cats.

Ensure that your kittens and cats receive the distemper vaccine. Kittens should be vaccinated between 6 to 8 weeks and repeated again at 12 and 16 weeks. Adult cats should receive an annual immunity booster.

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