“In ancient times, cats were worshiped as gods,

They haven’t forgotten that yet!”

Hey cat owner! How are you doing and what’s up with your pretty little kitten?

Do cats get distemper?
What is the feline distemper symptoms?
Signs of distemper in cats.
Can humans get distemper from cats?
Do indoor cats need distemper shots?
Feline distemper vaccine

Since you are here, we thought about having some discussion on cats. You are a cat owner, and so, you must be worried about them 24*7, right?

   Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌ Explained
Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌ Explained

If they are having enough sleep or not? weather they have consumed enough food or not? Are they having any trouble in digesting their food?

If there is any change in their behaviour? Why are they sheading a lot more hair than what they normally used to do?

Since your pets cannot communicate using words, we have to constantly decode their actions and behaviors, right?

And so, we decided to help you in knowing your cat a little more.

Here is what we have for you about cats and their needs. Have a look;

So, if you are worried for your cat’s health and also worried about chances of your baby catching disease from your cat, this piece of information is going to help you a lot.

Now stop worrying, take a deep breath and come join us in this ‘distemper in cats’ discussion below.

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All about your Fur Baby!

Since we are talking about distemper in cats, lets first understand what exactly is this disease?

What is distemper?

Canine distemper or distemper is a viral disease that affects the respiratory system of a wide variety of mammal families.

These mammals include pandas, wolves, foxes, raccoons, wild spices of dogs and large cats.

Now, let’s have a look at other important details of distemper in cats.

Do cats get distemper?

Yes! Cats can get infected with distemper. Feline distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can be found in kittens and adult cats which is usually caused by the feline parvovirus.

   Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌  Explained
Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌ Explained

This virus has got the capacity to affect the bone marrow of the cat and can also cause a decline in white blood cells.

But in case of pet cats, there is a little less chance for them to catch this disease, since they are indoors and safe.

But they are still prone to the virus and a few indoor living aspects can contribute in making the virus complex, if once, the pet/indoor cat catches it.

Signs of distemper in cats

Keeping a check on your pet is very crucial, just like we mentioned above, they are unable to express themselves like us and so we have to take extra care of them.

Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌  Explained
Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌ Explained

The signs that can indicate towards your cat having distemper infection includes loss of appetite and lethargy which can go from minimal to severe. Vomiting and diarreha are also included in the list of early signs of distemper but they can also be due to some other disease that can either or not be very dangerous.

So, getting your cat to a vet asap when you discover these signs, will help her a lot with her health condition.

So, the next time a pet mom/dad asks you what is the feline distemper symptoms? You know what to tell your fellow friend, right?

Feline distemper vaccine

A pet owner is always more concerned about their pet’s well-being than their own and so are you reader, isn’t it?

Now after reading about this common cat virus that they can catch easily, you must be looking for its cure as well, right? So that, just in case your cat shows any symptoms of distemper, you know what to do and where to go.

Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌  Explained
Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌ Explained

Well, there is a special vaccine called feline distemper vaccine which should be given to a cat in order to save it from catching the disease.

This vaccine is a mixture of feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia because calicivirus and panleukopenia are responsible for 80% to 90% of respiratory disease in cats and need to be treated as well.

So, getting this vaccine to your cat will not save him/her from distemper only but many other severe and basic cat respiratory viruses as well. How good is that!

Do indoor cats need distemper shots?

Shots or vaccines, whatever you like to call it, are crucial for animals just like human beings. If you are wondering that since your cat stays indoors, it means that she doesn’t need any distemper shot at urgency, like other wild cats, then you are highly mistaken.

According to a report by AAFP (American association of feline practitioners), distemper vaccine or shots is a necessary vaccine for all cats.

The severity of this viral disease makes it important for every other cat to be injected with distemper vaccine, no matter if the cat is pet or a stray.

Can humans get distemper from cats?

We know the dilemma of a person who wants to have a pet. They are worried about so many things and catching their viral disease is on the top.

   Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌  Explained
Distemper‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cats‌ Explained

And now, when cat owners like you are fully aware about the distemper disease in cats and its severity, you must definitely be thinking if you can catch this disease from them at any point of time.

And if you are having children, your level of concern will be on top. But don’t worry reader, distemper comes under the category of those disease that cannot transmit from animals to humans.

So, remove all those lines of tension form your forehead and relax. Also, if your cat is having any other disease, we recommend you to get its severity check and also check if that disease is transferable from cats to humans or are you safe.


Our pets are our family members. Knowing about their common and threatful disease is as important as knowing their regular habits.

Rectifying your cat’s declining health and changed behaviour can save your cat for catching a sever viral infection like distemper and getting your cat its vaccine will keep the disease at a bay for longer period of time.

We hope your knowledge on distemper in cats is increased to some other level. So, cuddle with your cat and take good care of your fur baby’s needs.



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