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How can you prevent your cat from getting feline plague?

Update Time:2023/11/29
How can you prevent your cat from getting feline plague?

Speaking of prevention, we must first understand why cats get feline distemper.

Generally speaking, unvaccinated (including ineffective vaccines), dirty environment and poor diet (malnutrition) are most likely to cause cat plague outbreaks, so we will mainly talk about how to prevent it from these three aspects.

1. Vaccines must be given

The core vaccine for cats is Feline vaccination, which mainly includes feline distemper, feline herpes, and feline cup. Generally speaking, once the vaccine is successfully injected (it will not be ineffective) and antibodies are produced, it is difficult for cats to be infected with feline distemper.

(1) You must remember to vaccinate the kittens you pick up yourself

Cats can get some antibodies through breast milk when they are young. We are not sure when these antibodies will disappear. It may disappear when they are 8 to 11 weeks old, or they may not disappear until they are 16 to 18 weeks old. The vaccine may be ineffective before the antibodies disappear. Therefore, kittens need to be injected with three doses of Feline vaccination when they are 8 to 11 weeks old, 12 to 16 weeks old, and 16 weeks to 18 weeks old to complete the first year of immunity.

(2) If the kitten is bought from other places, if the cattery tells you that it has been vaccinated, please ask the cattery to issue a relevant certificate. If there is no way to issue it, it is recommended to go to the hospital for re-vaccination. Beware of "weekly cats" sold by unscrupulous cat traders. Cats are pitiful, and people suffer too.

(3) For adult cats who are not sure about their vaccination status, just take one injection of Feline vaccination


2. Environment

Dirty, humid, noisy, and high-pressure environments are most likely to cause cat plague outbreaks. This is why catteries and stray cat rescue centers need to pay extra attention to the cleaning and disinfection of the environment.

1) Clean and disinfect regularly, pay attention to the ventilation of the environment, and let cats bask in the sun more

For example, I have ten cats in my house, and I put a lot of effort into keeping the environment clean: mopping and sweeping the floors and wiping the furniture every day. Shovel poop 2 to 5 times a day, wash cat bowls and change water 2 to 3 times a day. Clean and disinfect your cat’s cushions, nests and other cat supplies every two or three days.
You can use DuPont Virgo as a disinfectant spray, which can disinfect and sterilize (can kill the feline plague virus) and does not require secondary cleaning like 84 disinfectant and bleach. Just dilute it according to the proportion and spray it directly on furniture, cat supplies, and floors.
Also pay attention to ventilation and allow cats to bask in the sun.


2) Don’t bring germs home

Although cats don’t go out often, their owners do. After going out, they will inevitably come into contact with germs from the outside world. Especially those who have touched cats and dogs outside should wash their hands (with soap or hand sanitizer) and change clothes promptly after returning home. After all, feline distemper virus can be transmitted by adhering to clothes.

3) Do not take your cat to places where there are many germs

If the kitten has not been vaccinated, it is not recommended to go to the hospital frequently. If there is no special need, avoid hospitalization as much as possible.

4) Bringing a new cat home requires quarantine

This is simple to say, but it is easily ignored by owners with a sense of luck. In fact, isolation can not only isolate germs, but also help the two cats adapt to each other. Premature and too sudden contact can easily cause a cat to have a stress reaction, and the stress reaction is more likely to cause the cat to get sick.


3. Improve cat immunity through dietary conditioning

As we said before, the feline distemper virus destroys the cat’s immune system. If the cat’s immunity can be improved through diet, the cat’s immune system will be stronger. Firstly, it is less likely to be infected with cat distemper, and secondly, even if you are accidentally infected with cat distemper, it is easier to successfully treat it.

To improve immunity, it is not the so-called "let the cat eat more nutritional paste". Look at the ingredients of the nutritional paste. How many nutrients are there?

So what is the most nutritious thing for cats? Just remember that cats are pure carnivores. They need meat, protein, fat, and water, but the only thing they don’t need are carbohydrates and vegetables.
Therefore, in order to improve the immunity of cats, it is best to reduce the amount of cat food and increase the proportion of wet food and meat. 

It is best to feed cats the food that best suits their carnivorous habits.


Tips:After the new cat arrives home, we can buy some rapid test kits to test the cat to prevent the cat's illness from being discovered in time and delaying treatment.


Finally, feline plague is indeed scary, but if you can pay attention to cleaning the environment, give cats a healthier diet, improve the cat's own immunity, and at the same time try to provide a happy and low-pressure living environment for the cat to prevent it from happening, there is no need to be too afraid.