top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Cat owners in France urged to vaccinate pets against fatal disease

An epidemic of cat typhus prompts vets to call for more vaccination and vigilance over symptoms

Cat typhus, also known as feline panleukopenia, is highly contagious among cats Pic: Gadzick / Shutterstock

Veterinarians have called on cat owners to vaccinate their pets against an epidemic of cat typhus. 

A spate of cases have been reported in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), Angoulême (Charente) and Liévin (Pas-de-Calais). 

They say kittens should be initially vaccinated from an early age, around eight weeks, with a second injection a month later, followed by a booster jab after one year.

Read more: Cat euthanised after being infected with bird flu, a first in France

Highly contagious among cats but no risk to humans

Cat typhus, also known as feline panleukopenia, is highly contagious and is transmitted through contact with faeces and urine, as well as objects that have been contaminated by an infected cat.

It is resistant to heat, as well as to many common disinfectants, solvents and detergents. 

It does not affect humans but can severely impair cats’ health, affecting their organs, intestine and bone marrow, as well as causing digestive problems. 

Without swift medical treatment, it can be fatal. 

Symptoms usually appear around two to seven days after infection and include acute vomiting, diarrhoea and a fever.

Related articles

Don’t give human drugs to pets’ alerts French health safety agency

How much does it cost to insure a dog in France?

Is there a ‘lost and found’ pet register in France?

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France