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Pet Owners Warned Over Deadly Cat Virus

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11:37am 8th December 2014

We're being warned about a rare and deadly virus in the stray cat population that's easily spread to other animals.

Local charity Margaret Green Animal Rescue wants cat owners to be extra careful about their pets' vaccinations after three kittens were found with Feline Panlecopenia Virus.

A member of the public discovered the stray kittens and brought them to Wingletang, the Devon branch of the animal charity. Clearly very unwell, samples were sent off and the kittens were diagnosed as having FPV.

The virus is now extremely rare due to the success of widespread vaccination so the discovery of FPV came as quite a surprise.

It's also extremely infectious and is usually fatal for young kittens. It can spread easily and quickly to dogs so owners are being reminded to be diligent when having their cats and kittens vaccinated.

Niki Ging, joint centre manager at Wingletang, said: “The kittens were very poorly when they were first handed in as strays. Even before we knew what the diagnosis was we kept them in isolation and tended to them every couple of hours, day and night. We were devastated to lose one of the kittens but are delighted to say that the three surviving kittens are doing really well."

Mike Nathan, trustee and veterinary advisor for Margaret Green Animal Rescue explains further: “Affected kittens may die suddenly, but more commonly the disease will present in a litter with high temperatures, vomiting, diarrhoea and a reluctance to eat. Treatment is basic – plenty of fluids and nursing."

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