Cats are susceptible to a number of infectious diseases, ranging from upper respiratory disease to Feline Leukemia (FeLV0, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), panleukopenia, toxoplasmosis and rabies. Some of these are preventable, and most veterinarians, boarding and grooming facilities require cats to be current on vaccinations. However, no vaccine is 100% effective, and regardless of a cat’s vaccination status, scrupulously clean facilities and a staff trained to understand disease transmission protocols are a must to prevent disease transmission.
I recently wrote an article on transmittable feline diseases and how to prevent them in a boarding facility for Pet Boarding and Daycare Magazine. While the article was written for operators of cat boarding and grooming establishments, the information can help all cat guardians better understand these diseases and how they are transmitted.