The cat plague, also known asĀ feline parvovirus orĀ panleukopenia, has been reported around Melbourne in stray kittens. This disease had been largely under control thanks to effective vaccines, but now this disease had re-appeared.

Treatment involves intensive therapy in hospital: intravenous fluids by infusion pump, medication to reduce vomiting, expensive anti-viral treatment (omega-interferon), opioids for pain relief, antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections, and occasionally blood or plasma transfusions and nutritional support (feeding tubes). In other words, get your cat vaccinated and you can help prevent this disease from infecting feral cats.

To read more about the cat plague infecting cats in Australia, click here.

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