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Vicky Carder

It's the Law, Part Two

Posted Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 5:01 PM
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  • Some sobering facts Vicky.

    Got a question about Bobcat disease. Any thoughts?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 7:51 PM
  • Bobcat disease??? Never heard of this - please explain!

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 8:24 AM
  • Bobcat disease/fever is transmitted by fleas to cats. It is not transmittable to humans, but is 90% or greater fatal to cats. It is named bobcat fever because it was first diagnosed in bobcats. I have one of the lucky 10% kitties that happened to survive the disease because the corect treatment was started before we even had a diagnosis. It symtoms include a very high fever and serve hemolytic anemia.

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 3:09 PM
  • Slight correction, bobcat fever is transmitted by a tick and not fleas. Didn't totally proof my post and I think I had fleas in mind cause I've been fighting fleas with all my dogs.

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 11:30 PM
  • I am familiar with FeLeuk and HIV but had never heard of this. Thanks for the info. Sorry about your flea problem, though. Have you tried some of the meds like Frontline, etc.?

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 8:46 AM
  • I had heard that it is transmitted by a specific tick, the dog tick which looks different from a deer tick. The best way I can describe it is it looks like a brown BB when it is young.

    We had one young cat that was treated with Frontline and always acted lethargic for a few days after his treatment. Coincidentally, right after one of these treatments, he was acting a little slow and we ignored it the first day or two.

    By the third day we checked him over and found a small cluster of dog ticks and took him to the vet. He was dead in two days but the vet said he tested negative for BC disease.

    If it was not that, then he may have succumbed to the actual flea treatment. Since we knew he was sensitive our vet suggested a half/dose followed by another half about a week later.

    That seemed to be working, but.... his immune system may have been compromised by his upbringing. Cooper was separated from his mother early (not our decision) and we had to raise him on cows milk.

    That made especially close to us but may not have given his system the adequate "conditioning" from his mother. Just guessing since we were never able to get a definite answer.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Sep 23, 2012, at 7:38 AM
  • Steve,

    When my little one contracted bob cat fever it was several days before the illness actually showed. She is basically and indoor cat that thinks she wants to go out once in a while. I am guessing it was at least a 5-6 day incubation period because thats how long it had been since she had been out, and I never found a tick on her. I had just lost one to Kidney disease and the vet was not holding out much hope for her. Lucky for her she has a big stubborn streak and was teed off at me for taking her to the vet and had to prove she was going to get better. It's never easy to loose one of our furry kids is it.

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Sun, Sep 23, 2012, at 7:52 AM
  • Steve:

    FYI - if you have to raise another kitten - use KMR (kitten milk replacer) - usually found at Wal-Mart, but all vets have it. Just a tip.

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Sun, Sep 23, 2012, at 4:27 PM
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