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Feline Distemper / Cat Distemper

Distemper Cat (Feline Distemper)

Herbal feline panleukopenia treatments to help treat and prevent distemper 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 disease, caused by the feline parvovirus. It is spread through contact with an infected animal’s bodily secretions such as saliva, mucus, vomit, urine and feces. Feline distemper can also contracted through contact with infected cats, their food bowls, bedding and living area; fleas and other insects, and various forms of wildlife such as minks, skunks, raccoons and otters. Unvaccinated cats, especially kittens, are susceptible to cat distemper because their immune systems are weak.

Signs of feline panleukopenia can vary in severity from very mild to severe. The many signs are not always typical and symptoms may mirror poisoning or that a cat swallowed a foreign object. Because of this, treatment may be delayed or neglected. The first signs you might notice are generalized depression, loss of appetite, high fever, lethargy, vomiting, dehydration, and hanging over the water dish.

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. Other signs in later stages may be diarrhea, anemia, dehydration, and persistent vomiting. Feline distemper is so prevalent and the signs so varied that any sick cat should be taken to a veterinarian for a definite diagnosis.

The feline distemper virus is shed in all body secretions and excretions of affected animals. Recovered animals may shed the virus for months. 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.

Feline Distemper usually affects kittens that less than one year of age. However, kittens that are born to affected queens (infected in utero) or infected very 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 best way to prevent feline distemper is ensuring that your pet receives the distemper vaccination.  

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.

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 during ten minutes to kill the virus.

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 cerebella hypoplasia, a disease which affects their central nervous system. Cerebella 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 symptoms and signs usually emerge within ten days of infection and include:

High fever

Loss of appetite





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 needed

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 well being

Herbal Remedies:

Natural remedies have proven to potentially be effective in the holistic support of the immune, endocrine, respiratory, liver, kidneys and digestive systems, and can be used adjunctively as possible safe, gentle and effective options to help support distemper, to help protect against fever, diarrhea, respiratory symptoms and are without the harmful side effects sometimes associated with conventional medications.

While there is no cure for cat distemper, treatment involves administering certain medications and supportive care to keep your cat alive, herbal remedies can help to relieve cat flu symptoms such as feline sneezing, nasal congestion and watery eyes, to improve hydration, increase appetite and energy levels to both cats and their owners. Herbs are safe and gentle for kittens, adult cats as well as pregnant queens.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, antibiotic, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, decongestant, antimicrobial  and anti-Candidal, is used holistically to help promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by limiting excessive inflammation and histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; helps limit inflammatory pathways in the body; helps relieve wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; helps soothe smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella;

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic. 

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, digestives enzymes, fiber, inulin, fatty acids and adaptogens and is a potent plant-based anti-viral, which may help nutritionally tone the animal body, may help boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, may help build white blood count to help fight infection,may help reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; may help support water regulation and fluid balance in the body;may help reduce all types of inflammation, may help provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, may help reduce the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; may be an important anti-viral adjunctive in cases of Herpes virus; may help alleviate symptoms for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

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, x-rays, CT scans, cerebrospinal fluid, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunofluorescence assay may be performed to confirm the diagnosis of canine distemper.

The diagnosis of cat distemper is based on the symptoms presented and review of your cat’s medical history. In order to confirm the diagnosis of distemper, it is necessary to rule out other diseases. Certain tests such as blood tests and taking a fecal sample may be performed to make a positive diagnosis.

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": cats-dogs-bacterial-infection-remedies.html and 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 them out of your hand is recommended as they may be very weak.

Remember to constantly shower your cat with love and attention and be sure to stroke and pet him as this will 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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