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Infectious Diseases

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Cat Flu
 
  • This is more properly called Feline Respiratory Disease.
  • Whilst not as life threatening as the other diseases that can affect your cat, this condition can nevertheless cause distress to both cat and owner.
  • Unless properly and successfully treated, it results in chronic nasal discharge and/or inflamed eyes.
  • Two major forms of the disease exist—Calici Virus and Herpes Virus.
  • The symptoms vary, depending on which virus is involved.  
  • Common signs of the disease are coughing and sneezing, a high temperature, loss of appetite, discharge from eyes and nose, and in the case of the Calici form, ulcers on the tongue.
  • Many cats are carriers of this disease and your kitten may have a few dry sneezes after it first arrives in your home.  
  • As long as it remains active, eats well and has no discharge from eyes or nose, the sneezing will usually resolve itself after about a week.  
  • Be aware that room fresheners, incense burners, fly sprays and dust can also cause coughing and sneezing in your cat.

Feline Enteritis
 
  • Also known as Feline Panleucopenia, is one of the most dangerous infectious diseases of cats and kittens.  
  • It is most common in kittens and young cats and death is often so sudden that there is no time for the symptoms — vomiting, severe abdominal pain and rapid dehydration — to develop.

Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
 
  • This disease is mainly transmitted by direct contact with an infected cat.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
 
  • Known as Cat AIDS, it is similar to the HIV virus in humans.
  • It attacks the cells of the immune system, which compromises the cat’s ability to fight off infections.
  • More than 30% of Victorian cats that spend part of their time outside are infected with the Feline AIDS virus– one bite or scratch will spread the virus—there is no cure!  


The F3 Fevac vaccination protects against –

·                    Feline panleukopenia (feline enteritis/feline distemper)
·                    Feline herpes virus (cat flu)
·                    Feline calicivirus (cat flu)


Risk of serious injury or agonizing death on the roads is very real.

  • Letting your Ocicat out to roam the streets is like allowing your two year child to play on the highway—neither will survive very long.  
 
  • Our Ocicats are raised in our home and have access to sun balconies and an outside grassy play area—all kept safe and sound with the use of good quality cat netting.  
  • Cat netting is not expensive to purchase and is easy to install or there are professional people who will install it for you if you wish.

 
All good reasons to keep your kitten safe as an indoor only cat.

 
 
   Contact Nola of Oz Catz :   
Phone: 03 5997 6414    Mobile: 0418 549 987   Email: ozocicats@bigpond.com
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