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What Exactly Is Feline Distemper?

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    What Exactly Is Feline Distemper?

    Feline distemper, sometimes known as ataxia or the cat plague, spreads through fluid or fecal contact, in utero, or via fleas. This virus can survive years in a stable environment, and it can be devastating when it breaks out.


    It’s mostly fatal in very young kittens or cats with suppressed immune systems, even when treated aggressively, which is why vaccination is so unbelievably important. Clinics must be shut down and disinfected in order to stop the spread of the disease. Healthy cats who are infected can survive, but not without a host of treatments and vet visits.
    In the 1980s, the virus was used to eradicate an overgrown cat population in Prince Edward Islands. Within two years, 65 percent of the cats died. This was before the good gospel of trap, neuter and releasing, but you can see how swiftly the virus kills.
    So if you plan on adopting any kittens this holiday season, be sure that they are up to date on their feline distemper vaccinations!

    http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat...cats-distemper
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    I never heard of distemper being called feline ataxia before. What does that mean? Is it like parvovirus in dogs?
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    this article will answer any questions you have

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_panleukopenia
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    That's what I thought it is.
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    All my cats were vaccinated for this thank goodness.
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