Can a Cat Catch Parvo?

Can a Cat Catch Parvo?

So many times I get asked, Can my cat catch Parvo from my dog? The short answer is Not really. Cats should be vaccinated with the FVRCP vaccine to prevent a very similar virus.

You wont often hear of a kitten or cat getting parvo because in cats its called something else. In cats its called Panleukopenia Virus and though unvaccinated cats and kittens can catch it from dogs, again it is very rare.

You see there are many members of the Parvoviridae family. But each of these family members is specific to its own species. Meaning that Canine Parvovirus wont infect a Feline or a mouse. yet both felines and mice have their own strain of Parvoviridae to contend with.

Feline panleukopenia virus, also called as feline infectious enteritis virus or cat plague. 3D illustration

Though it is worthy to note that Canine Parvo is very similar to the the distemper virus that cats can contract called Panleukopenia.

 

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