In a few words, the answer to the question “? ” is yes, but it is rare.
Questions about this often leave confusion in and parents as research as not fully clarified the evolution of this disease between the two species. Here are a few helpful answers from what we know about from dogs to cats.
In this article:
What is ?
VS Cat Parvo (
Cats do get , but in most cases, it is from their very own strain of the , specific to felines.
Even though we don’t often hear of them, there are literally dozens of members of the Parvoviridae family of viruses. It was believed that each of these viruses was exclusive to its own species.
. is indeed different than /
Confusion often occurs around as the in dogs is very closely related to the panleukopenia: the that causes in (otherwise known as distemper in cats).
This article will focus on and its ability to be transmitted to cats. We will not be talking much about (panleukopenia that is specific to cats and well prevented with the proper vaccination).
Both viruses attack cells within the pet’s bone marrow. Because bone marrow is where white blood cells are produced, your pet’s defense against suffers. When white cells are few in number the consequence is often serious or even fatal illness. But again, those two viruses, even if very similar are different.
is an infectious of the . It is due to a , the type 2 ( 2 or CPV 2), transmitted between dogs by direct contact or by their excrements. Parvovirosis manifests itself by intestinal problems (gastroenteritis), and more rarely cardiac attacks, the outcome of which can be fatal (up to 91% of mortality in the absence of treatment).
There is also a type 1, called Minute of Canines (MVC) responsible for abortions (embryonic mortality) and neonatal mortality or in puppies under two months of age.
Yes, but it is rare and seems mostly harmless although the understanding of in cats is still quite obscure.
A strain of CPV2b (FP84 strain) causes the in a small percentage of domestic cats but CPV2 itself does not seem to cause major symptoms in cats at the moment.
In fact, cats are merely asymptomatic.
The is highly contagious among dogs. It spreads when a non-vaccinated pet, usually a , contacts directly (via touch) or indirectly (via an object like a ball) an .
Symptoms of in dogs are:
- abdominal pain and swelling
- loss of appetite
- red gums and eyes
- rapid heartbeat
- severe, .
As mentionned earlier, in dogs results in death 90 percent of the time if it is left to run its course.
Cats are different.
Cats that carry are asymptomatic, which means that despite being a reservoir for , they normally do not show any symptoms nor are they in particular danger.
Don’t try to treat at home. Your must be quarantined to protect other dogs and given to counteract dehydration. It is usually the complications of dehydration that kills these animals.
pups are usually treated with IV antibiotics and given anti-nausea medication. Therefore, if you suspect your has , take him to the veterinarian immediately, time is of the essence.
For a in cats is that would have caught , the best course of action is to ask your vet. Just make sure to contain the and that your does not spread it to another for which it would have much more serious consequences. Keep in mind that the evolution of still obscure.
As always, prevention is the very best answer. To prevent this killer , make sure your gets his shots on schedule. A that is lucky enough to survive the develops a long-term immunity to the .
Nevertheless, even survivors need to follow the inoculation schedule for the sake of certainty.
Same goes for your / and according to studies may also be effective against .. FPLV based will protect your from
Final Thoughts: ?
If your has , you’re safe and so should your kitty be but always exercise a word of caution. Make sure the whole gang is fully vaccinated so their can properly respond in case of contact.
Your little woofenbarker, on the other hand, must see his vet immediately.
It’s important that you keep your inside as much as possible. Contact a vet to schedule an appointment for his shots.
So there yo have it! Cats can get from dogs but it seems pretty rare.
Sunday 25th of July 2021
I'm worried cus my husband found a puppy nd brought it in our house nd I have a mother cat that has 6 kittens that are only 2 weeks nd 5 days old I don't let the puppy near the baby kittens but momma cat comes out of her room nd the puppy licks her I try to stop her from doing it but it happens sometimes I am very attached to momma nd her baby kittens nd I will be devastated if I loose them the puppy has very loose stools nd I just seen something Gooey with blood in it come out of the puppys butt please help
The Fluffy Kitty
Saturday 7th of August 2021
Hi Susannah, how is your cat and kitties doing? I can only recommend phoning the vet if you have an emergency. In most cases, you can call just to ask if the situation requires coming in or not, before you go ahead and do it.
Wednesday 18th of December 2019
I don’t know what to believe some things on the internet says cat can get infected by a dog with Parvo and then others say no it can’t infect cats I’d really like to know which is it?
The Fluffy Kitty
Wednesday 18th of December 2019
Hi Adrian, sure! Parvo is species-specific so cats can get parvo but not the same strand dogs get. Parvo in cats can spread to other cats, but can't infect other species. We recommend always asking your local vet for clarification if you are unsure!