FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia
- Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus: These are highly contagious viral infections which can be fatal to kittens. Each of these produce flu or cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and eyes, and fever. They can also cause ulcers in the mouth or throat.
- Panleukopenia: Also called feline distemper, this is a potentially fatal disease among cats. It is a highly contagious viral disease that can be spread through the air, contact with infected animals, or even contact with places where infected animals have been. The disease affects the cat’s intestinal tract and bone marrow. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, severe dehydration and fever.
- This is a fatal infection of the central nervous system. It is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Rabies attacks nervous system tissue and can cause paralysis and death.
Some symptoms include changes in behavior – such as excitability and aggression – followed by paralysis. This disease is transmittable to humans. Administration of the rabies vaccine is regulated by the State of Colorado and is required for cats and dogs by State Law.
Feline Leukemia Virus
- This disease is caused by a virus that inhibits the immune system and results in various types of cancer and other chronic diseases. The virus is present in saliva, urine, and other body fluids and
is typically passed from cat to cat by general contact – including licking, biting and sneezing.
Symptoms vary considerably from cat to cat. Cats may be infected for long periods of time before they show any signs. Signs include depression, fever, loss of appetite, anemia and swollen glands of the neck and abdomen. The feline leukemia virus may cause chronic or recurrent infections by other disease causing agents.