Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Enteritis outbreak - check your cats' vaccination record

Thursday, March 02, 2017
Since the 1970’s, vigilant use of feline core vaccines has resulted in strong herd immunity against feline enteritis (FPV), also known as panleukopaenia, caused by a parvovirus. Cases of the virus, which causes fevers, vomiting and dreadful diarrhoea, were almost unheard of.
 However, there has been a re-emergence of the potentially fatal enteritis over the last few years, with three outbreaks in Victoria between 2013 and 2015 claiming the lives of around 200 cats. Over the last month, shelter-based outbreaks of the disease have been reported in both New South Wales and Queensland, including Blacktown Pound in Sydney’s west.  At another shelter the infection claimed the lives of five out of seven cats in one litter, before the virus was identified, enabling appropriate treatment of the other two kittens.
The most common form of FPV is the acute form, which presents as a three to four day history of fever, depression and anorexia, progressing to vomiting and diarrhoea.  Severe clinical illness leading to mortality is much more common in young, inadequately vaccinated kittens three to five months of age. 
The key to disease control is still mass vaccination. “Disease in cats is caused by parvoviruses, small DNA viruses. The main one is feline panleucopenia virus but parvoviruses that infect dogs can also cause the disease in cats” Professor Vanessa Barrs, Specialist in Feline Medicine told media publications. When less than 70 per cent of the population is vaccinated, the situation is perfect for the emergence of a disease epidemic, she said. The current outbreak is a timely reminder that maintaining immunity in populations of animals where effective vaccines are available is essential.
If you are unsure of your cats' vaccination status please phone us on 6251 1444 and we will check our records for you. Cats less than 12 months of age are most vulnerable and must have had an F3 booster after 12 weeks of age to be fully protected.

Gastro virus spreading north

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vets at Canberra Cat Vet are urging cat owners, especially those with kittens less than 12 months old to check their vaccination records. They should have had vaccinations against Panleukopaenia virus, also known as Feline Enteritis, at approximately 8, 12 and 16 weeks old with a booster at about 15 months of age.

Panleukopaenia virus, has spread north from Melbourne to Mildura. Vets in Mildura diagnosed the virus in a litter of 5 month old kittens and a 12 month old male cat. The virus will continue to advance through inadequately vaccinated cats.

The virus causes severe diarrhoea, collapse of the immune system, fever and dehydration. There is no cure but some cats survive with supportive treatment.

The vaccine is very effective as long as kittens have had the last of their boosters from about 14-16 weeks of age.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


cortisone mass hiding pill foreign body fear snot sick cat cat friendly desex cat flu thirsty drinking a lot hunched over inflammatory bowel disease exercise panamax introduce renal disease hungry sensitive stomach dental treatment not eating change headache microchip runny nose kitten play urinating on curtains or carpet diet cat vet computer sun vocal ulcerated nose moving grooming biopsy visit best veterinarian radioactive iodine stare into space pain relief client night catoberfest introducing enclosure painful aerokat competition holiday ulcer behaviour kidneys tooth asthma sore roundworm panadol learning virus lame kibble Canberra Cat Vet introductions kitten deaths pancreatitis dymadon fits senior cat history eye ulcer skin cancer collapse cat sore eyes open night runny eyes paralysis tick high blood pressure rolls jumping pet insurance feline enteritis hyperactive weight lilies vision blood in urine cancer scratching post bump flea prevention nails ulcers snake fleas scale antibiotics vomit weight control hairball hypertrophic cardiomyopathy feliway revolution snakebite discount old cat strange behaviour paralysis house call stiff vaccine best cat clinic intestine sore ears insulin whiskers euthanasia face rub mental health of cats pain snuffle thyroid eye blind heavy breathing kidney disease touch rough play diabetes examination snuffles massage best vet holes blood test cat enclosure free birthday kittens home visit poisonous urination changed antiviral cough fluid pills sense of smell FORLS IBD overweight panadeine urine spraying photo competition panleukopenia hunters straining adipokines cat enclosures comfortis unwell stress off food bed diarrhoea Hill's Metabolic gifts return home herpesvirus senses panleukopaenia dilated pupils wobbles aspirin cta fight twitching paralysed cystitis bad breath heart disease checkup appointment sneeze arthritis cranky eyes crytococcosus award chlamydia fever body language food puzzles open day lily hypertension hunter blocked cat allergy, marking teeth decision to euthanase yowling urinating outside litter cage constipation joints lilly grass kitten poisonous plants rigid head abscess,cat fight prey odour activity new kitten health check furball lump pain killer bite blood dental check bladder stones best clinic training enemies polish physical activity tapeworm when to go to vet new cat litter blindness holidays new year pica hearing ACT breathing difficult sensitive anaemia skin poison spray noisy breathing blood pressure cat worms hospital fireworks litter box meows a lot prednisolone itchy New Year's Eve lick vaccination introduction tartar ribbon toxins wet litter brown snake pet meat hyperthyroidism liver furballs scratching aggression opening hours thiamine deficiency petting cat poisons bladder desexing blockage socialisation echocardiography hard faeces sudden blindness dental tick conflict depomedrol cryptococcosis sick home cat fight cognitive dysfunction feline AIDS tablet spey vomiting breeder appetite seizures fat weight loss lymphoma pred worms scratch blue Canberra wool aggressive feline herpesvirus signs of pain sucking wool fabric corneal ulcer annual check slow fight nose scabs xylitol holes in teeth allergy AIDS skinny cat behaviour mouth breathing FIV gasping African wild cat christmas paracetamol abscess eye infection train RSPCA worming castration spraying tradesmen pheromone unsociable enteritis cat containment flu carrier restless goodbye salivation toxic rash permethrin anxiety obese mince drinking more outdoor cat obesity rub diuretics flea treatment on heat poisoning kidney hunting head dementia dry food tumour vet visit mycoplasma check-up old urinating behaviour change groom love plaque urine in season hole indoor cats snakes pet attack information night string calicivirus plants advantage heaing snake bite


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions