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What is Distemper?

For cats infected with distemper, prompt treatment and intense supportive care can mean the difference between life and death. If left untreated, there is a 90 percent chance that infected cats will die. Owners who think that their cats are displaying signs of distemper should keep the animal away from other cats and consult with a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Distemper in cats, also called feline panleukopenia (FPV), is a virus that is highly contagious and potentially life-threatening. The disease affects the blood cells in the intestinal tract, bone marrow, and stem cells. It also causes anemia and other viral and bacterial illnesses. Previously one of the most common causes of death in cats, distemper is now rare due to the effectiveness of vaccines. Kittens, pregnant cats, and cats with immune disorders are most likely to be infected with distemper.

Symptoms of Distemper in Cats

Cats that have been infected with distemper are likely to display one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Discharge from eyes
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Refusal to eat
  • Hiding
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty walking
  • Depression 

Causes of Distemper in Cats

Distemper is caused by contact with infected salvia, nasal discharge, blood, urine, feces, or fleas that have bitten an infected cat. It can be spread from contact with contaminated dishes, bedding, or equipment, and humans can pass it from one cat to another if hands aren’t washed thoroughly after petting an infected cat. The virus can also be carried on shoes and clothing, increasing the chance that it can spread to indoor cats. Kittens can contract the virus in-utero or from the breast milk of an infected mother.

The virus is resistant to disinfectants and can survive for years on contaminated surfaces. Distemper is commonly found where there are many cats in a small area like kennels, pet stores, and feral cat colonies. Similar to the human flu virus, distemper strains vary from year to year. Some years it is more contagious than others, and has varying survival rates. It is also more likely to spread during the warmer months of the year. The virus does not pass between cats and dogs and cannot infect humans. 

Diagnosis of Distemper in Cats

Distemper symptoms resemble the symptoms of several other diseases and may be mistaken for poisoning or ingestion of a foreign object. In order to help prevent misdiagnosis, a veterinarian will need a thorough medical history and details regarding any recent activities that may have caused exposure to the disease. A physical exam will be performed and lab tests including complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, and urinalysis will be ordered. A fecal sample is often tested, but there is a possibility that it may come up false-positive if the cat has been vaccinated within 5-12 days prior to testing.

Treatment of Distemper in Cats

There is no medication available that will cure distemper. Treatment is focused on addressing the symptoms and keeping the infected cat as comfortable as possible. 

Immediate Veterinary Care

Depending on the condition of the cat, it may need to remain at a veterinary hospital overnight for observation and administration of I.V. fluids. The disease causes a compromised immune system, so the vet will likely prescribe antibiotics to reduce the chance of opportunistic infections.

Home Care

Once the cat has been examined by the vet and released, it must be quarantined from other cats in order to avoid the spread of the disease. Dehydration, reduced electrolytes, and malnutrition must be addressed promptly. Syringe-feeding the cat water, raw goat’s milk, or fermented fish broth is often recommended. 

Recovery of Distemper in Cats

Kittens that are born with distemper or contract it prior to eight weeks of age generally have a poor prognosis. In adult cats, symptoms are mild and may go unnoticed. When the immune system is strong and proper treatment is provided, there is a very good chance for full recovery. If a cat survives the first five days, prognosis is very good. Once a cat has recovered, it becomes immune and cannot contract or spread the disease again. 

Recovering cats must be provided a quiet, warm place to rest. The food, water, and litter box should be kept close by so that the cat doesn’t need to exert itself to meet its basic needs. Children and other animals should be kept away from the cat to avoid over-stimulation. Depression is one of the primary symptoms of distemper, so owners should be sure to provide recovering cats with plenty of affection and physical contact. With proper care, cats typically recover and return to normal within two weeks.

Owners should be careful to thoroughly wash hands and remember that the disease is easily spread and remains on surfaces for long periods of time. Surfaces should be scrubbed down with bleach, and all of the cat’s belongings including food dishes, bedding, toys, and litter box should be thrown away and replaced. If there are other cats in the home, they should be carefully observed for symptoms and owners should consult with their vet regarding vaccination.

Distemper Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Apricot
Unkown
9 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diahrrea, vomiting loss of apetite,

He was diagnoaes with this virus, been on iv since tuesday and took him to the vet on sunday! Theres no more vomiting, or diahrrea but neither does he pee or poop or wants to drink water/ eat! Tomorrow will be the fith day since he got diagnosed! Dows he havw any chances of survival!?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Canine distemper is a really variable disease, and time will tell if he will be okay. Until he is eating and drinking on his own, he'll need to have supportive care with your veterinarian. Some dogs recover from distemper without any further signs, some dogs develop neurologic signs, and some dogs do not recover, sadly. Where he is on that spectrum is hard for me to comment on as I can't examine him, and don't know how his signs are progressing. You need to be in contact with your veterinarian, as they may be able to suggest options to take care of him at home if he is stable. They'll be able to tell you if he is going to pull through this better than I can. I wish him the best.

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Chooby
domestic short hair
7 years old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

My cat all of a sudden loss weight and isn't really walking. If she does she kinda drops from exhaustion. She is drinking water and eating a little wet cat food. She doesn't seem to be in pain. She just lays on my bed all day and night. Do you know what could be wrong with her? I am planning on along her to the vet as soon as I get the money next week but I don't know if she will hold on that long.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Weight loss and lethargy are vague symptoms which may be attributable to numerous different conditions including infections, hormonal disorders, cancer among other conditions. You should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible, but in the meantime ensure that Chooby is hydrated and try to encourage eating by mixing some smooth wet food with some water and syringe it into the mouth. Other than that you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maxx
Mix.
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

good

I had a cat today that had distemper and we had to put her down but all of her stuff is in the house. I got a new cat brought home by my boyfriend today Also. So what do I need to do in my house as far as to not spread this to my new cat?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Maxx is vaccinated, he should be safe in the house. it would be smart to throw away any of her old bedding or toys, but feline distemper is a disease that is easy to prevent through vaccinations.

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Frazzle
tabby
15 to 16 months old
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting yellow vial throw diarrhea aggressive

It's Friday I should have paid attention to what was happening to him but I didn't and I don't want it to be late but it's Friday and I live in a little town and I can't get him into the Vet until Monday cuz they don't do that around here and I cannot lose my cat is there anything I can do to help this matter in the meantime before I can get him in don't get worse there something that I can go get him a shot at from Big R or something

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I just checked the products available in the pet section of Big R and I cannot see anything which would help Frazzle at the moment; it is important to keep Frazzle hydrated but do not give any food for around 24 hours and afterwards try to introduce a bland diet (you can get gastrointestinal diets from pet shops) in small portions to encourage eating. Keep Frazzle hydrated over the weekend as much as possible but it may be a case of driving to another town if they have a Veterinarian there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I had a kitten I found in my garden so I took it in and started caring for him about a week later he got really sick I thought it was worms so I wormed him then 3 days later he became very I'll and a day later he could barely walk he did die that day but my question is I have another cat that is about 18 week old I just administered the distemermen shit to her it's been 2 days since shot can she still catch the disease or will she be fine

Hi,my 10 1/2 month old cat just ate a 6 week old young raccoons vomit. Can my cat get rounorms from the raccoon by eating his vomit? Also can he get distemper thay way as well?

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Layli
Himalayan
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody loose stool like 1-2 times
Bloody loose stool like 1-2 times daily

My cat had a very serious health issue 3 days ago, almost dying. Diagnosed with infections. Started with severe dierriha. From day 2 has a little blood in stool. Overall condition now better with good appetite started playing around but still has bloody loose stool. Is she improving? Shall I stop him eating dry food?
She drinks a little bit water too. She is on IV and antibiotics.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should continue to give Layli dry food and fluids as well as ensuring that you complete the antibiotics that were prescribed by your Veterinarian. Three days is still early as far as treatment is concerned, but any improvement is a favourable sign but we’re not out of the woods yet. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flicker.
American Shorthair
4 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My new kitten is 4 mo old. She had distemper and survived. She is up to date with her shots. She shakes her head back and forth repeatedly several times a day. It’s like she is flicking her head back and forth or a tic. Vet said it was residual nerve damage from the distemper. Will she ever recover or have it disappear. She is a happy playful little girl and loves to meow at us. . We hug on her a lot.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Flicker. Some animals who recover from feline distemper, which is actually called feline panleukopenia, have long lasting damage to the parts of their brain that are affected. Only time will tell if she will have that nerve damage for life, or if it will improve over time, although cats are quite resilient, and tend to acclimatize to abnormalities in their brains if given time. One thing that she will need is to be an indoor cat, as her sense of balance may be damaged, and she would be at risk outside.

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Layli
Himalayan
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue
Fatigue. Very thin

Nearly 2 months cat dierriha. Vet said has FPV after test. After first dose of antibiotics got better. Started to eat food and drink water. No dierriha afterwards. Is it FPV or other bacterial infections. No vomits at all.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Feline Panleukopenia Virus is a serious infection, and often fatal in young cats. It would be unusual for Layli to have recovered after one dose of antibiotics, and is seems that there may have been something else going on, which is very good for her! I hope that she continues to do well.

Thanks for the reply. It is day 2 that she is been sick. Overall energy is better, still no vomits but blood in her stool. Is she getting worse? She eats but not with an appetite

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Layli
Hymalayan
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cycular internal cyst under throat

Layli had bloody dierriha over 10 days ago. She is recovered now after 8 days of antibiotics and IV fluid therapy. Her physical condition is pretty good now while eating and drinking with a good appetite. Recently I noticed a kind of internal kind of circular cyst under her throat. Is it natural? It is very small and kind of feel fluidly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the cyst I couldn’t tell you want the cause is or the best way to treat it; if it isn’t causing any issue you should keep an eye on it for now but visit your Veterinarian if it doesn’t go away, becomes irritated or gets bigger. The cyst may be unrelated to the diarrhoea and previous illness, but without an examination I cannot say for certain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Layli
Himalayan
8 Weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Inflated belly

Layli had a very severe bacterial situation. Dr. Diagnosed FPV, yet she did not vomit at all. Took antibiotics for 5 days. Did a test on day 5, milder bacteria result. Dr. prescribed 3 more days of antibiotics. On day 6, she is more energetic, eats lots of food and drinks water. Her belly is a little bit inflated. No more bloody dierriha, in fact, she nearly does not pooped today. Shall I stop her to eat so much (dry) food? Or better to give her wet food? Is not pooping a bad or good condition?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the time being you should keep Layli hydrated and continue to feed her; it is encouraging that she no longer has bloody diarrhoea and possibly returning to better stools. You should continue to give her antibiotics as prescribed by your Veterinarian and as mentioned keep her hydrated. Keep an eye on her for the time being and visit your Veterinarian again if you have any concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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chidori
stray
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

yellow vomits, not eating

my cat is vomiting again and again. colour of the vomit is yellow in colour. she is not eating at all and keep on drinking water. and she is keep on distancing away from us.... is there any chance of her suffering from distemper.....?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst feline distemper may be a possible cause of the symptoms, cats usually don’t drink a lot of water with this disease; vomiting and loss of appetite are symptoms common with many diseases and without an examination and possibly some tests it is not possible to say what the specific cause is. Try to encourage eating with some warm wet food or boiled chicken chunks and hydrated with plain pedialyte; visit your Veterinarian if there are no improvements. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/feline-panleukopenia.aspx

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not naming until we know if it will live or not
Siamese
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

very energetic
Running Nose
Sneezing

What is the best way to treat distemper at home? Also if we give it at home treatment how long until the virus is gone? It is a very small kitten that we plan on naming snowball if we know it will survive.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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You may or may not be able to treat distemper, or panleukopenia, at home. Snowball may not survive the disease if that is what is wrong with her without veterinary care. If she is actually sneezing and has a runny nose, she may not have that disease, but may have a mild viral disease. Without more information, I'm not sure that I can answer your question very accurately, but I hope that all goes well for Snowball.

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Figaro
Mut
18 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My cat stopped eating after she got into the trash can , her lips are blistering and bleeding , when we write her mouth she starts bleeding a lot . Lately her mouth has been smelling like it’s rotting , she won’t even drink water . We had two other cats that were the exact same way but sadly they died already . We’re trying to say this one .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Figaro, I'm not sure what might be causing this problem for her, but it does sound like she needs to see a veterinarian and get treatment for this problem, especially if the other two cats have passed away from similar signs. I hope that she is okay.

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Oreo
Unknown
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing, sneezing, eye drainage,
loss of good balance

My barn cat Oreo was sneezing and coughing this morning (it's winter, so it's very cold where we live. It can range from -20 at night to 30 during the day). I went to the barn tonight to feed them, and my other cat Skippy is sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and could barely get down from the loft of the barn. Skippy's right eye is swollen shut and there is a liquid draining from her eye. I couldn't tell in the poor lighting whether it was just water-y substance, or blood.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Given what you are describing, it would be best if your cats saw a veterinarian. It may be a viral disease, a bacterial infection, or a trauma. Without seeing them, I cannot tell what might be going on. A veterinarian will be able to look at the cats, determine what might be going on, and recommend appropriate therapy so that they can get healthier.

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TooLoo
Domestic longhair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye irritation

Medication Used

Neopoly Dex Opth ointment

Hi, our 5-yr old female cat started having clear discharge from her eye about 4 weeks ago. Our other cat (male, diabetic, 13 yrs old) had some sort of upper respiratory virus at the same time (sneezing) and the vet gave us nose drops for him. He is all better now. The doc advised saline compress for her though we didn’t take her in at that time. I applied saline compress for a few days and her eye got worse, red and inflamed. About then she also got lethargic and that has continued until now. We took her to the vet and he couldn’t find any injury to the eye, gave us an ointment to put in her eye for 7 days. It got a little better, but still irritated. We took her back to vet. He said continue eye ointment for another week. We are also doing warm saline compresses 1-2 times per day. About three weeks on, we are still doing the same things but her eye irritation hasn’t stopped and she is still lethargic. It occurred to me today that about 4 weeks ago, she also suddenly frothed at the mouth, as if she’d eaten or tasted something bad, but it only lasted a couple of minutes and never recurred. She’s never had ANY health issues before. We will take her back to vet on Mon or Tues. can you please advise what we should ask him to check for? Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be a good idea to have her tested for Feline Leukemia/FIV viruses, as those can cause a decrease in the immune system. If your veterinarian believes that she has a viral disease causing her upper respiratory and eye signs, she may benefit from a Lysine supplement. She may need further diagnostics to determine her systemic health. I hope that she is okay.

Thank you for getting back to me! I appreciate your advice.

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Misty
domestic medium hair
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Lethargy

Medication Used

AD food mixed with water
antibiotics
Iv fluid bag

Hi my kitten has been diagnosed with parvo from a positive fecal test. She is around 6-7 weeks old
Our vet wants us to put her down so she doesn't infect anyone else as she may be a carrier for life. I thought they would only carry for weeks after recovering. Also she has bouts of lots of energy and seems to go up and down. She is keeping down fluid from being syringe fed every hour. (We were given an IV bag) she is getting between 2-6ml often. She tends to throw up about an hour after we give her any mushed food through syringe though. She has started drinking from her bowl herself again, hasn't pooped in 8 hours and is on day 3 or 4 of symptoms. She wasn't able to scratch her head yesterday but today she is scratching and climbing up on to our shoulders but then just laying there. Do you think she could be getting better? It's hard to decide to euthanise her when she seems to be so energetic at times and is happy when we sit with her. What are your thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats (including carrier cats) shed the virus for a short period of time of generally less than six weeks, the virus can however survive in the environment for up to a year so disinfections of floors and surfaces is important. I cannot say whether you should euthanise Misty or not as I haven’t examined her, speak more with your Veterinarian or have Misty examined by another Veterinarian for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/cat-care-leaflets-2013/VG05_Feline_Parvovirus_(FPV).pdf

Good reply from the doctor. Kudos to him!! Second options are important with any severe case. Cats are like people in that every cat is different. I’ve seen miracles happen in my cats who contracted distemper because they had a strong will to live and love!

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Batcat
Tuxedo
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

Should I bathe him or left him clean himself? He is on the upside of distemper. And how long to keep away from his sister after totally well to insure infection and germs is gone?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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BatCat should be able to clean himself. Panleukopenia can live in the environment for months, and any unvaccinated cats should be kept away from him and the area for quite a while. If his sister is vaccinated with a series of boosters for the disease, she is fine to be with him. The vaccine is quite affordable and prevents this disease.

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Simo
Russian Blue
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lathargic

Medication Used

Flagyl liquid

My Russian Blue age 2 started deficating away from is litter box and throwing up undigested food a few weeks ago. Now he is coughing, sneezing and salivating alot. He coughs up a white foam occasionally. We took him to the vet to see if he was choking but he's not. We can't afford further treatment. We were given antibiotics which he ends up coughing up. He is still eating but hardly. He is let out occasionally and gets into fights with unkown animals, most likely other cats. We've been planning on having him nuetered soon. Any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Simo goes outside, and is un-neutered, there are a number of problems that he could have run across. If you are able to have blood testing or x-rays done, it would be a good idea, as without further information, it is almost impossible to determine what might be going on. I hope that he is okay.

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Star
Calico mix
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody diarrhea
Gas
Vomiting

I rescued a Kitten from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on 6/08/18, She has been doing good. OVH was done on 6/5/18. She been with us for 8 days and she has had great stools, then bouts of diarrhea and gas in between. I was thinking it was her food getting introduced to new kind. She is still active and everytime she gets a chance to eat she will go. However this morning I noticed vomit and small amount of bloody diarrhea, a bit of an odor. She still has lots of gas, she sleeps fine plenty of water, she was playing just a awhile ago. No issues with urine. She plays with the other cat just fine. Other cat has no issues. Im just unsure if this is just something minor or major?
Most recent meds and vacs:
Rabies Vac 6/5/18
FVRCP Ultra Hybrid 6/4/18
Marquis Paste & Pyrantel #1 6/4/18
Revolution 6/4/18

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for the symptoms you’re describing which may include infections, parasites, food change, stress of new environment, side effects from vaccination (a little late for it) among other causes; if Star is otherwise in good health I would keep an eye on her and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement some time next week to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puff (original cat) & Tigger (kitten)
American Shorthair
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Runny eyes
Wheezing
Sneezing

Me and my boyfriend have recently just found a feral kitten. We think he was about 6 weeks when we found him and now he’s 8 weeks and getting his shots in a few days. We have another cat as well but we’ve kept them separated since we got the kitten. We haven’t been washing our hands though after being in contact with the kitten. The past two days I’ve noticed our original cat sneezing, wheezing and has runny eyes. I see that these are symptoms of distemper but I haven’t noticed any of those symptoms in our kitten. Both have extremely strong appetites so I take that as a good sign. But since the kitten isn’t displaying any symptoms of distemper is it possible for our original cat to just have seasonal allergies per chance? And if he does have distemper is there a cure?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Puff is vaccinated, it isn't likely that he has distemper. Cats are commonly affected by viral diseases that affect their upper respiratory tracts, and signs will often happen during a stress. Puff may be stressed by Tigger, or he may have introduced the virus. These signs often resolve with time, and as long as he is eating and drinking well, you may be okay to monitor him. If he stops eating, or his signs are worsening, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian.

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Ocelot
Calico
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat has been sneezing a lot the mocous that comes out is clear and has some kind of rash near her mouth. I took her to the vet and she said the cat was ok she said her lungs sounded good. She told me it may be just alergies.
My cat has been eating good and weights 10.70 lbs

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is quite common for cats to have allergies and Ocelot may be allergic to something she either has contact with or something in the air; cetirizine at 5mg per day can help cats with allergies. Without examining Ocelot I cannot say whether or not she has any other condition, but allergies sound likely. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jumper
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigued, dehydrated, weight loss

My 1 yr old male cat has been acting very strange for about a week now he walks real slow very fatigued, eyes watering and barley open, he's dehydrated I have been making him take water and on his right side I feel a big hard lump. Please my vet can't get me in for another week help me

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I am not able to determine what might be going on with Jumper without examining him, unfortunately. From your description, I'm not sure that he should wait a week to be seen, and if you call your veterinarian and let them know that he needs to be seen earlier, they should be able to get him in earlier. If not, there may be an emergency or 24 hour clinic that could see him sooner so that he can have an exam and any treatment that he may need.

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Pearl
Black
1 Year
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weak, not eating on her own

I brought my cat Pearl into the vet because she stopped eating and felt warm. She was diagnosed with the flu and given a fever reducer and an antibiotic. The following day she began throwing up and still wouldn't eat. I took her back in to the vet and she was rediagnosed with feline typhoid. She is on anti nausea medicine, anti diarrhea medicine, the same antibiotic originally prescribed and a steroid. Today is technically day 7 since she began showing signs of illness. I have been feeding her yogurt through a syringe as well as water with an electrolyte solution added. She is extremely fragile but will walk to the litter box to pee but mostly lays around staring aimlessly. I'm giving her a lot of love and tomorrow will be bringing her in for an IV. Does she sound like she is making a slow recovery since she has been fighting this for 7 days so far? I need my Pearl. She just turned a year old and unfortunately I didn't have her vaccinated yet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Panleukopenia is a disease that can be very hard on cats, and she may need more intensive supportive care to make sure that she isn't dehydrated. The good news is that typically, if a cat is infected when it is older, and if it survives after 5 days, the prognosis for continued recovery is good. As long as Pearl stays hydrated and gets enough care, she should be okay. I hope that she continues to recover normally.

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Milo
Orange tabby
18 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Discharge from eyes
Weight Loss
excessive sneezing
Vomiting,
Difficulty Walking

Hi, my daughters cat is acting like he is sick. I was wondering what he may have. His name is Milo, He is an elder 18 yr old orange Tabby.

Symptoms:

Vomiting
Excessive sneezing
Discharge from eyes
Weight loss
Difficulty walking

Symptoms come and go. Its as if he is sick, and then he isn't. Gets symptoms mostly during cold weather.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As cats age there are various conditions which may affect them and they may be more prone to picking up infections and suffering from other conditions. Due to Milo’s age I would suggest having a physical examination and blood tests done by your Veterinarian to get an overall view of his current health and to assess the health of kidneys, liver etc… and catch anything early so that it may be managed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kittens
Male
5 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cant stand, won't eat

We have 5 kittnes who are keep laying down beccause there back legs don't seem to be holding them up. Only 2 of them will eat. There Mama just died about a day before i started seeing this in them. She would just lay there and meow she could not stand. the kittens are about 5 weeks old. We ave other bigger cats that i don't want to get the same thing. What can i do to prevent them from it? we got the bigger cats a vaccine is that all we can do? Is there anything i can do for the kittens?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what is going on with the kittens, I"m not sure if it is contagious to your other cats, but vaccines are generally a good idea to prevent disease between cats. It would probably be a good idea to have the kittens looked at by a veterinarian to see what might be happening with the kittens, and if there is any treatment that might be possible.

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Taz
tabby
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Running Nose

I adopted a kitten a few days ago. He woke up the next day with his eye almost closed and with discharge. I put some antibiotic drops in his eye. His eye looks better, but since then he excessively sneezes. Do you think he might have distemper? He seems fine otherwise. He plays and continues to eat and drink. Should I give the kitty a few days to see if his sneezing subsides before I take him to the vet?
Thanks,
Rebecca

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens are very commonly affected by upper respiratory viral diseases, and if Taz is bright and happy and playing and eating, you should be fine to monitor him for a few days. If his eyes are not getting better, if the sneezing is worsening, or if he stops eating or becomes lethargic, then it would be a good idea to have him examined.

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Nico
Feline
1 Month
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Runny eyes sealed shut

Just found a kitten looks very young still on formula. Eyes are shut and wet... Possible distemper? That's the only symptom. She eats just fine by syringe and just pooped although dark and diarrhea like, but I found her 12 hrs ago in the heat by herself in a city type area. Also worried about transmission to other cats that sniffed at her when I brought her home...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens commonly are affected by viral diseases that can affect their eyes, and that can cause permanent damage if untreated. It would be best to have Nico seen by a veterinarian very soon, as they can look at her, treat her eyes, and see if she is otherwise healthy. As far as your other cats, it is always a good idea to quarantine any new animal for 10-14 days to make sure that nothing is transmitted to your healthy cats.

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Harlyn Nichole
Russian Blue
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting loss of appetite dia

My 6 month old cat who is fully up to date on her shots just today got to where she is vomiting ( only happened 2 times ) , she also has had a loss of appetite which she usually always goes crazy for wet food but now she won’t even taste it , she does have diarrhea that is like liquid. I am planning to take her to the vet but we don’t have a vet within 2 hours and they don’t open until 7 am but I’m taking her first thing. Anything I can do until then?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting and loss of appetite are vague symptoms and may be attributable to numerous different conditions, without an examination I cannot say what the specific cause is; however in the meantime until your visit your Veterinarian it is important to ensure that she is kept calm and hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scott
Black semi ferel cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Slow moving. Only drinks water.

I have been feeding a semi-wild cat for about 1 year. In the past 6 months she will rub on my legs while I feed her but never let me pet her. She always comes when I call her no matter where she is. Yesterday she never came at all. Today she was here lying where I feed her. She is very lethargic and will only drink water. My concern came when she let me pet her! She walked off a little way, very slowly, and has been sleeping for 3 hours. Her head pops up when I talk to her and then she goes back to sleep. I don’t want to get too close and cause her anxiety. She has no swelling that I can see. My 1dt thought was snake bit because we live in a very rural community in Texas.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately, lethargy is a very vague symptom and may be attributable to many different conditions; without examining Scott thoroughly it is impossible for me to determine an underlying cause. Infections, parasites, poisoning, foreign objects, head trauma, hormonal conditions among other conditions may cause lethargy; you should keep an eye on Scott for the time being but visit a Veterinarian for assistance if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I know you can get 7n1 shot at feed stores plus bottle of penicillin and syringe for antibiotic broad spectrum which penicillin is then go by weight of cat to figure how much antibiotic but the 7n1 is already measured out you just ask for the 7n1 for your animals weight

Curious as to where in TX Just put down a cat that had been sick. Also know of 3 momma cats missing. We have 4 babies we are feeding, the neighbors have some and somebody else in our rural area does too. Yikes. How olddo kittens need to be for the shot? Can you get it at tractor supply?

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Unknown
Cat
3 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

White gums yellow eyes in kitte

I tried to save a stray kitten and didnt consider distemper exposure to my other cat how long before i know my cat is CLEAR.. the kitten died within 5 hours of finding it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Incubation period may be as long as seven to fourteen days depending on which textbook you reference, however other diseases may also be possible; if your cat is vaccinated there will be little risk but monitor your cat and if you have any concerns visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy/ Midgy
mixed
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

unstable weak

I have 2 barn cats out of 4 that have come up sick, the cats are put up at night, only allowed to roam during the day, live in a very secluded area-working Farm. The one only symptom(s) cannot walk-very unstable, a little dehydrated simply can't get to food or water bowl, being hand fed and water brought to, 7 days and counting. The other very dehydrated, weak still eating some and drinking, Vet check yesterday blood work shows systems shutting down possible virus. Antibiotic prescribed giving fluids, 2 days and counting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining them I cannot start to narrow in on a specific cause, however on a farm the two most likely causes would be infection or poisoning; you should allow time for the treatment prescribed by your Veterinarian to start working and for any improvement to be seen. I cannot really add anything else at this time on either a possible cause or a change in treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prince
Siamese tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None noticed as of yet

I recently fostered a mother and litter of kittens who were just diagnosed with distemper and euthanized. This was devastating to our family. I have other cats in the home who have been fixed, vaccinated and microchipped. Are they going to be alright? I also have a kitten from the infected mother from a previous litter who has not been vaccinated yet. I can't lose him. I don't think I'd survive the loss. What can I do to protect him at this point.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Panleukopenia can be a devastating disease to unvaccinated cats. If your cats are vaccinated, they should be protected, but the kitten from the previous litter is in danger if he hasn't been vaccinated. if would be best to have him vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Montana
American Short Hair
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing
Activity loss
Appetite loss

My kitten Montana is not the same anymore. May believe something is very wrong with her. She was at the vet recently and seemed fine. Now she will barley move and she is not active anymore. She refuses to play with her sister and she will only cuddle with me now. She does not like anybody by her and if they touch her she will start yelling

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The increased respiratory rate is likely another indicator that Montana is in pain, the level of pain sensitivity from her side is concerning and I would recommend returning to your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Munchkin
domestic medium hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching
Sneezing

Caring for my daughters male cat, diagnosed with panleukopenia. He has seemed to be on the road to recovery. Huge appetite now and drinking plenty of water. This has been 3 weeks of recovery. He now has a twitch and is sneezing a lot. He finished clavamox and Baytril. He is strictly inside

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I"m not sure what your question is, but I am glad that he is improving. This twitch that he has developed, and the sneezing, would both be a good idea to have him examined. He may need an extended course of antibiotics, as he is fighting off a tremendous infection. I hope that he is okay.

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Momma
Tortoise shell
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Barely eating or drinking.

My cat had kittens barely 2weeks ago,an now all 3kittens died in past 2 days. My question is,ifmy cat has distemper will she die from it? Momma cat is barely eating and drinking,sleeping mostly and hiding.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Feline distemper (feline panleukopenia) is a viral infection which is normally fatal to kittens, however mortality rates in adult cats varies too widely to be significant between different literature sources; however, without supportive and symptomatic care the chances of recovery are lower. There are many possible causes for death of kittens and it is always best to check in with your Veterinarian with the mother to ensure there is no risk to her health especially if she is not eating and being lethargic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cj
Mutt
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

, dizziness, lethargic, crying
, dizziness
Diharea

We have 2 rescued kittens, healthy at first. All of a sudden one gets lethargic and dies over a 3 hour time period. Now the other one is doing the same. No vomit, mild diharea, very dizzy, lethargic.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many issues with rescued kittens and there are many unknowns as we don’t have any indication of history. Without examining CJ I cannot say what the specific cause of the symptoms are are what caused the death of the other kitten; infections are highly likely but also nutritional deficiency, environmental exposure among other causes may also contribute to death. Support and symptomatic care is very important and I would recommend that your visit a Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
I don't know her breed
6 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Hey
Am really really in worry because I have a 5 month old kitten that has distemper. The vet have her some injections but she seems not to sleep not close her eyes.i keep checking on her but I keep finding her 'lost in thoughts' which am not sure if it's lost in pain or thoughts.i feel very helpless as she keeps getting worse.what do I do? Should I let her Die? Does she has a chance at surviving?and she keeps tossing n turning

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lucky it is difficult for me to determine a prognosis; however there is no specific treatment for feline distemper with all treatment being purely supportive and symptomatic. If you’re not seeing any improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for another examination and a discussion about the overall prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cappacino
Calico Cat
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Weakness weight lose

Weight loss want eat stomach swallowing sneezing eyes are draining and the reds of her eyes are swollen over the cornea. No bowel movements in a few days want drink barely walks hasn't peed. Very weak. What is wrong with my baby. Please help me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cappuccino I cannot say for certain what the cause is however a respiratory tract infection sounds like the most likely cause. If Cappuccino is showing these severe symptoms it is important to ensure that she is hydrated and visit your Veterinarian to diagnose the specific condition so that the right treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lilo
Domestic Tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scared, aggressive
Scared,

My cat is 2 years old and recently disappeared for about a week and now that she is back she is being aggressive to our other pets and people and running when we try to touch her. She is usually very loving im not sure why she would me acting like this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what cause there may be for this behaviour; we don’t know what occurred during the week she was missing and she may have suffered from a traumatic injury which is causing her pain. However there may be a behavioural issue or other medical issue leading to this strange behaviour; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pug
Manx
17 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

sick
Can’t move

My cat has lost an excessive amount of weight, he won’t eat or drink, he sets himself, he has bad breath and his got a discharge from his eyes. He’s also 16 years old in human years

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a variety of different conditions which may be affecting Pug, dental disease is a concern and many result in pain leading to a loss of appetite, bad breath and other issues; however without examining Pug I cannot be certain of any particular cause. Given his age, I would recommend visiting a Veterinarian today for an examination (and a senior blood panel) to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little one
Tom cat
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Guards his water
Wont play as much
Lays around

I dont really know if my cat has parvo. He lats around all the time, he wont play as much as he use to, he likes to sat by his water hours on end and wobt drunk as much.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many reasons that Little One may be lethargic. Kittens are prone to infectious diseases, intestinal infections, and parasites, and he may have a problem that needs medical attention. Without seeing him, I can't determine what might be going on, and it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to see what the cause for his problems is and get treatment for him.

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Junior
Indoor/ outd
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly gait
Wobbly constipation painful urine

Medication Used

Anti inflammatory and laxative

Junior was healthy Sunday.mondaystarted walking like she was drunk.vet examination and blood work didn’t show anything obvious. Monday night she seemed in severe distress. I called vet wanted to bring her back for uthanation,it was that bad. Vet said give her time blood work was good.shepassed some urine and became more stable..Tuesday no worse no better.wednesday had bowel movement and seemed much better she ate and was walking around almost like normal but still wobbly. Thursday went downhill in a hurry in less than 24 hrs she couldn’t stand up almost total paralysis. She was uthanized . Vet said it was a blood clot. I’m confused,when did blood clot happen? Was urine and bowel issues related? A coincidence? Why did she almost get better? My vet was not helpful answering these questions. Sooo hard to find a good vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Blood clots can occur at any time, and can cause dramatic signs in cats, especially if they affect the brain. Without seeing Junior, I can't say for sure, but it seems that a clot could have occurred, started to resolve, then worsened. I am very sorry for your loss.

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Kitty
domestic short hair
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Rubbing Face

I have a 4 year old house cat and she drools when I'm petting her and she constantly purrs while being next to me. I'm really worried it might be distemper because shes smaller than she was before and sometimes her body quivers. Her diet and bowel habits have been the same.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kitty I cannot determine what the specific cause of the drooling is, but if it only occurs whilst you’re petting her it may be drooling due to excitement; you should keep a close eye on Kitty for the time being and check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side or if any other symptoms present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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They're are 11 cata
Mixed breed
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up very thirsty dilated pu

Two of my fur baby's kittens passed away last week they had feline distemper. But also I used to use meth. Now my other cats are showing symptoms throwing up very thirsty dilated pupils and tripping out licking alot aggravated throwing up lack of energy or very hyper

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you think that there may be some residue of crystal meth in your home you should call the Pet Poison Helpline or visit your Veterinarian; however I would have expected for symptoms of poisoning to occur before now if this was the case. Without examining your cats I cannot say whether they have a poisoning event, infection or other cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/amphetamines/

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Garfield and midnight
domestic short hair
11 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Diarrhea, runny nose, watery eyes

I got two kittens about a month and a half ago now. The shelter we got them from had quite a few kittens there. I already have two older cats. When I brough the kittens home one of the kittens and one of my older cats started vomiting and had diarrhea. I brought them both to the vet and they said my older cat had a stomach bug and my younger cat had worms. They gave me medicine which stopped the vomiting but their stool is still soft and now the kitten that was sick is sneezing has a runny nose and watery eyes. My older cat was vaccinated when he was a kitten but is indoor and hasn’t been vaccinated since and he’s about 3. My kitten had only received one distemper vaccine and is due to get his second vaccine in a few days. Is there a chance both of my cats have it? They are both still eating drinking and full of energy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Garfield and Midnight I cannot say for certain what the cause for the sneezing, running nose and watery eyes are in the young kitten; you should keep an eye on both of them for the time being but visit your Veterinarian earlier if possible to be on the safe side to have them both checked. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jeffery
Orange tabby
18 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Snotty bloody nose wheezing watery
Snotty bloody nose wheezing watery eyes

My cat has had a snotty nose that just recently started having blood in it. He sometimes has watery eyes and he seemed through his nose like he is stuffed up. He's gaining weight and very active. Our local vet refuses to see him. Could he have allergies or distemper or something else

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A bloody nose is not characteristic of feline distemper; however some infections, foreign objects, trauma, dental issues (a little young for this), tumours among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. Not sure why your local Veterinarian wont see Jeffery, but try to find another Veterinarian nearby; without examining him I cannot give any specific information apart from ensure that he is breathing normally and is keeping hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cleo
Black
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Clear Drainage
Watery eyes
Sneezing

I got a kitten that was about 3 months on July 1st. The cat has been fine until the last 4 days or so. She started with eye watering and sneezing. Today I heard a funny noise, it was her trying to breathe through a stuffy nose, only symptoms so far. Shes active, eating, and loving. The other cats she was with before I got her all died from distemper within a week or two of getting placed in a shelter. At that time she was fine. Is there a possibility she had a late onset or delayed reaction?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The incubation period for feline distemper is just a few days, although in some cases it has been as long as two weeks; while distemper is a possibility other types of infections may include calicivirus or herpesvirus. You should take Cleo to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side especially with her being so young too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Laney
domestic short hair
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Walking in circles
Diarrheaa

We just moved to Florida from Massachusetts a week ago. The last 2 days she has been having diarrhea and been walking in in circles when trying to scurry away. She can walk normally most of the time but we she is trying to get away she just start randomly walking in circles like she is cornered but will be in a wide open space. She has been hiding a lot but I was thinking this was because of the new space and new pets in the home. Only other thing I have noticed is weird mark on her nose mix of wound on mole looking.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If this behavior is new and unusual for Laney, you may want to have her seen by a veterinarian to have her vision and neurologic status evaluated. She may be displaying very normal behavior for a cat that has had all those changes in her life, but she may have a problem that needs treatment.

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Furgy
stray
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
sleeping
Salivating
Not Eating

Cat has been diagnosed with leukopenia since two days ago. She’s seven years and was neutered about two weeks ago. She was an adopted stray but not vaccinated. She’s been on IV fluids and antibiotics and wbc boosters the last two days with her wbc ranging in 100s. She hasn’t had any food in four days just saline. What can we do to help her strengthen herself. What recovery signs can we expect.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the cause of the leukopenia, common causes for leukopenia include feline distemper among others but any treatment would centre around treating/managing the underlying cause as well as managing the leukopenia. There is no set treatment apart from supportive and symptomatic care especially in cases of viral disease. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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3 kittens
short hair
12 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation

I took in a litter of feral cats who all had distemper and passed a week ago. I have cleaned with bleach and trifectant in the rooms they stayed as well as carriers and litter boxes and trashed toys. Is it safe to bring home new kittens on the 20th who have had their second round of distemper vaccination on the 7th. They are due for the third round on the 28th. I can keep them out of the rooms where the infected cats were for any time needed but wondering if necessary and if so for how long.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Feline distemper (panleukopenia virus) is able to survive in the environment for over a year and is very resistant to disinfectants; I wouldn’t risk using any carriers or letting them in rooms until they are fully vaccinated and you should read the article below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.sheltermedicine.com/library/resources/?utf8=✓&search%5Bslug%5D=feline-panleukopenia

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Elanor
American Shorthair
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Fever

Hi recently adopted a kitten (12 weeks old) and took her to the vet as soon as I realized she was having diarrhea, it was yellow and clear. The vet diagnosed her with Panleukopenia and prescribed her antibiotics and gave her an iv. My question is her poop has returned to a normal brown color but still diarrhea has yet to throw up and seems mildly happy given the situation, does this mean she’s on the road to recovery? What are the signs of recovery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is generally accepted that if a cat has survived five days with the virus then that is a good indicator of signs of recovery; other signs of recovery are a decrease in the severity of symptoms. The disease is caused by a virus, the antibiotics are to treat against any secondary infection with remaining treatment being centered around supportive care. Any improvement should generally be seen in a positive light; but it will be Elanor’s immune system which beats the infection, not the antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avma.org/public/petcare/pages/Feline-Panleukopenia.aspx www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/feline-panleukopenia/overview-of-feline-panleukopenia

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Martin
dsh
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My sister adopted a year old cat from a cat shelter a week ago today. He seems to eat (canned food) ok, but isn't really drinking very much. He has diarrhea for a week now. We originally thought it was just the stress of a new environment, but it isn't letting up. He looks as if he has lost weight also.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Martin I cannot say what the specific cause of the symptoms are, you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side if there is no improvement; diarrhoea and weight loss may be attributable to many different conditions which may include infections, parasites, foreign objects, poisoning, stress, dietary changes among other conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pineapple
Calico
3 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Tremors

I adopted a kitten from a farm over two weeks ago who has tremors without anyother symptoms. She is the runt of the litter but eats well and has gained weight. I also have 2 of her siblings that are not displaying any symptoms. Is it safe to say she most likely has a neurological disorder and not parvo?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The runt of a litter is more likely to have congenital issues which may result in neurological issues due to abnormalities of the cerebellum or other neurological issues; however you should get her checked out by a Veterinarian to be on the safe side since I cannot give any diagnosis without an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mouse
Maine Coon
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating or drinking
Vomiting

A few days ago we ran out of kitten food so I gave the kittens some adult cat food instead. Yesterday I saw Mouse throw up some yellow fluid. At first I didn't think it was serious, that she might be having a bad reaction to the food. Now, this morning she wouldn't get up to eat. She wouldn't even eat the canned food my sister gave her. She did walk around a bit unsteady at first but then at a regular pace even jumped onto the table in the greenhouse. She is more or less separated from the other kittens. They are outdoor kittens. I considered taking her to the vet but they are closed now until Monday, plus neither me or my sister can afford the vet right now. I do not know for sure if she has distemper or not. We had a stray cat show up a week ago skin and bones but then died Monday morning near where the kittens usually eat. Mostly I thought it was worms but now with Mouse sick I am thinking otherwise. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Some vomiting and loss of appetite may be attributable to a sudden dietary change which may affect some cats more than others; without examining Mouse I cannot say whether there is an infection or another cause. If you have concerns you should keep Mouse separate from the others and visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I adopted 2 Persian kittens 8 weeks old. They are brothers after 2 days we visited a vet as both are having diarrhea. They were not vaccinated yet. And both are positive with parvo. They are both given supplements and vitamins for support. After 2 days from vet visit Pikachu died. He is not eating and drinking as the other one is always playing and no sign of distemper except same wet stool. Dash is still alive eating and drinking and playing but my worries is that he still got a diarrhea. I'm afraid he might also die... What should I do?

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Dash
Persian
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wet stool dark greyish green color

I adopted 2 kittens both 8 weeks old from a friend. They don't have vaccines yet and both have distemper as per the vet who checked them. They gave me vitamins and supplement for the kitties as they can't get the vaccine now because of fever. After 5 days girl kitty died... But the male kitty is not showing any symptoms of distemper except loose bowel. He is playfully eating and drinking water. Pls. Answer me is he going to die also? 😭😭😭

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
There is no specific treatment for feline distemper apart from supportive and symptomatic care which includes maintaining hydration, antibiotics (in case of secondary infection), vitamin B injections etc… I cannot give a prognosis for Dash, but continue with any treatment given from your Veterinarian and follow up with them if Dash doesn’t improve. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dash and Pikachu
Persian
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I adopted 2 Persian kittens 8 weeks old. They are brothers after 2 days we visited a vet as both are having diarrhea. They were not vaccinated yet. And both are positive with parvo. They are both given supplements and vitamins for support. After 2 days from vet visit Pikachu died. He is not eating and drinking as the other one is always playing and no sign of distemper except same wet stool. Dash is still alive eating and drinking and playing but my worries is that he still got a diarrhea. I'm afraid he might also die... What should I do?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
There is no specific treatment for feline distemper apart from supportive and symptomatic care which includes maintaining hydration, antibiotics (in case of secondary infection), vitamin B injections etc… I cannot give a prognosis for Dash, but continue with any treatment given from your Veterinarian and follow up with them if Dash doesn’t improve. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Exactly 3 weeks now after Dash was diagnosed with Distemper!
Praise God he is well now no more diarrhoea and eating and playing like a normal kitty... he is now on his way to gaining weight. He did not took any antibiotic just a lot of vitamin B supplement and electrolyte drink lots of TLC and petting... I stopped electrolyte drink after a week and now he drinks a lot of water the poop is normal as well and eating dry and wet food!!! Praise God for the healing ^_^

As of now he is a little lethargic but once he ate and drinks he becomes playful. But still, I am concern about diarrhea. I put the vitamins in his soup with rice and fish. He likes it. Praise God for his appetite even though his having diarrhea... 😌

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Winona
DOMESTIC
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My cat has been diagnosed with feline parvo. She is in the hospital. She is still not eating and they put her on an IV, antibiotics and tried to replace the white blood cells as that was very low. I know it attacks the intestines. She hasn't had diarrhea. What if they cannot get her to eat? Does the virus have stages of what symptoms come first? Is there a way to tell what stage of the virus she is in?

I have another cat who is not up to date with its vaccinations. When is it contagious? I was told when she is shedding which is when she starts showing clinical symptoms and another vet told me its in the incubation period.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I'm sorry that Winona is sick. Feline panleukopenia is quite contagious between cats, but most cats are affected at some point and do not show signs. Older cats are less susceptible to the virus, but kittens are very susceptible. Once she shows signs, she is in the active viral stage, and the treatment is supportive care, which is what your veterinarian is providing. Once she started showing signs, she started shedding the virus, and she will be contagious for 4-6 weeks. Her environment should be thoroughly cleaned, bedding washed, and you should vaccinate your other cat. I hope that she is okay, poor girl.

I have a kitten that is gasping for air and when we try to get her to hold her head up her head flops limp. She will not eat or drink anything. We have tried everythingwew can and she is just laying around not moving but she is gasping for air. What could be the cause of it

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