Feline Infectious Enteritis

Vaccination against feline infectious enteritis (panleukopenia) has to be a real obligation. Who ever has experienced watching how young and adult cats die because of this disease, will understand drastic attitudes. 

It is practically impossible to protect this animal from the virus. Once panleukopenia has manifested itself in a breeding place, the pathogenic agent will spread through any cat. This disease declares itself with atrocious consequences when the protective substances (maternal antibodies) disappear after twelve weeks. However, if the litter is clean of panleukopenia, these little animals are totally unarmed before first contact with a strange virus. Only a correct vaccine can help them.

Young cats: breeders must apply the first protective vaccination approximately around the eighth week. This must be written down in a vaccination certificate. The second vaccine will be applied in the owners’ home after another two to four weeks. If the feline infectious enteritis hasn’t manifested itself in the breeding place, an advice would be to wait a little longer, around four more weeks. Kittens will have twelve weeks by then. If breeders would have had any problems, as expected, shouldn’t have to lie about it to the buyer, the second vaccine should be applied before, approximately two weeks before (tenth week of life). With this concludes basic immunization for your cat, having reliable protection for two years.

Adult cats: when an adult cat comes home, immediately consult the vaccination certificate. Has it been vaccinated less than two years ago against feline infectious enteritis? If so, that is great, since it is protected and the new vaccination will take place two years after the last one. Don’t forget to write the date. 

If vaccination was more than two years ago, in such case you should vaccinate your new cat again in the next two to three weeks, once it has settle in its new home. If your new partner came home “without a passport” as a refugee, then after an adaptation period, hoping everything is fine, you should have it vaccinated. This would be the basic immunization. In adult cats, one injection is enough for a two-year protection. Don’t listen to the debatable experts in cats that affirm that old cats don’t suffer feline infectious enteritis. Any veterinarian can share their almost daily sad experience and say it is an erroneous opinion.

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