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Feline Panleukopenia

by Hunter

What is FP?
Feline panleukopenia virus (also known as feline distemper) is a part of the parvovirus
family. This virus is highly contagious and can be life threatening if adequate treatment is
not provided early enough. FP attacks and kills cells, particularly those that line the
intestines, and make it difficult for cats to fight off infection.

Warning Signs to Watch For


loss of appetite

high fever



severe diarrhea

nasal discharge


How to Protect Your Cat
The best defense against feline panleukopenia is vaccination. Cats are first vaccinated against FP around 6-8 weeks of age and are given follow-up vaccines until the cat is around 16 weeks old. Many adult cats are vaccinated against FP as well, depending on the age and health of the cat. Both indoor and outdoor cats should be vaccinated against Feline Panleukopenia. Despite living indoors where it is “safe” indoor cats are just
as susceptible to contracting FP. Because the Feline Panleukopenia virus can live on
surfaces or in an environment for up to a year, it is important to get your cat vaccinated yearly.

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