On most veterinary records you might see the abbreviations "FRVCP", these abbreviations can be very confusing for the common pet owner.
Caused by the dangerous parvovirus, panleukopenia is symptomized by vomiting, diarrhea, fever and a loss of appetite. This sad, fast-spreading disease attacks the white blood cells your kitty needs to fight off infections. Breaking down the word, you can see the meaning much easier: "pan" refers to "all," "leuko" refers to "white blood cells" and "enia" means "low." This disease is so severe it can result in the loss of entire litters of kittens. Panleukopenia can spread from cat to cat through any body secretion.
Another easily transmitted feline disease, calicivirus can be associated with high mortality rates. This infection is most easily acquired by kittens and kitties with compromised immune systems, although all cats may get the disease. Sneezing, nose discharge, lameness and stiffness are all symptoms of this dangerous respiratory disease. New strains of the virus are becoming more severe and faster acting.
The feline herpesvirus, commonly referred to as feline rhinotracheitis, is another respiratory disease that all kitties are susceptible to when not vaccinated. This virus is highly contagious between cats. Most symptoms are associated with upper-respiratory infections and include sneezing and discharge from the eyes and nose -- these symptoms mimic the symptoms you get when you have the common cold. One thing that makes this virus particularly disturbing is that some cats can carry the virus without showing symptoms.
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