Panleukopenia (Latin for a decrease in all of the white blood cells), also known as feline parvovirus, is a feline disease that is rare in our community thanks to vaccines. But it has been diagnosed in several cases recently.
Stress is certainly a factor in disease transmission and outbreak in cats. For new feline additions to the household, a “soft intro” is best—that is, providing a separate environment for the new arrival and allowing a very slow introduction to any resident cats and dogs.
How does a cat that has been indoors all of its life and not exposed to other cats suddenly look miserable, with reddened, runny eyes; nasal discharge; sneezing and a fever, all due to an upper-respiratory infection?
Losing a pet is heartbreaking and may feel even worse during the holiday season. After all, they’re part of the family, too—if they weren’t, there wouldn’t be so many frantic posts on Facebook and Nextdoor or posters and flyers tacked up everywhere.