Feline enteritis (feline panleucopenia) is caused by a feline parvovirus that is found in infected faeces. It is a very hardy virus and will survive in the environment for long periods of time. A special disinfectant is required to sanitise objects and areas that have been exposed to feline enteritis virus such as food bowls, bedding and clothes.
An infected cat may show signs of poor appetite and lethargy. This can progress to severe abdominal pain, profuse vomiting and diarrhoea, which usually contains blood. The virus may cause abortion in pregnant queens or foetal abnormalities. Mortality rates in young kittens are very high.
It is important that all kittens commence a vaccination program from 6-8 weeks of age and that all adult cats have their boosters. Consult your veterinarian for more information.