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What are the early signs of cat plague?

Pet Knowledge
This article is provided by Veterinarian Dr. Michael Jackson
In the early stage of feline plague, cats usually have symptoms such as poor appetite, persistent vomiting, and elevated body temperature. However, because many diseases may exhibit these symptoms, it is difficult to diagnose feline distemper through early clinical symptoms. Therefore, it is recommended that owners immediately go to a pet hospital for infectious disease examination once they notice abnormalities in their cats to see if they are infected with feline distemper. The sooner the cat is treated, the higher the chance of cure.

1. Decreased mental appetite

Healthy cats are more lively and active, but if they are infected with feline plague, they will become depressed, sleep for too long, and do not want to eat. In the mid-term, this behavior will be more obvious, and you may even stop eating or drinking at all. Therefore, if the cat has not been vaccinated on time and is accompanied by symptoms of poor mental and appetite, it is recommended to send it to the pet hospital for infectious disease screening in time, and timely treatment after diagnosis.

2. Persistent vomiting

What cats normally vomit is usually foamy white mucus. Generally, after vomiting once, they will not vomit again. Mental state, appetite , urine and defecation will not be affected. The vomiting of cat plague is continuous and uninterrupted, ranging from several times to dozens of times a day. Generally, the vomiting is yellow-green mucus with bubbles. In severe cases, blood streaks may appear in the vomitus. Therefore, when a cat vomits frequently, the owner should be alert that the cat may have feline plague.

3. Increase in body temperature

The early stage of feline plague is very similar to a cold. The body temperature will rise. Usually the fever will reach 39.5-41 degrees and the fever will continue for several days. . It is mainly a two-way fever type. The first time the fever occurs, the body temperature is about 40 degrees, and then drops to normal temperature in about 24 hours. After two to three days, the body temperature rises again, and the body temperature reaches as high as 40 degrees. Therefore, if your cat has a severe fever, you must promptly check whether it is feline plague.