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.
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