5 tips to prevent infectious peritonitis in cats
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Infectious peritonitis in cats is caused by a feline coronavirus (FCoV) and is more common in environments where there are usually a large number of cats. One of the aspects that predisposes felines to have this disease is stress and is often common in cats under one year of age, which seems to affect mainly breed cats.
Avoid infectious peritonitis in cats with these tips
It is important to keep in mind that the FCoV can survive about two months in dry environments, it can be transmitted indirectly by clothes, footwear, sandbox, etc. It is quickly inactivated with the use of detergents and disinfectant products and a first advice to prevent this disease to our furry friends is a periodic cleaning of all their environment.
Our second advice is the use of a non-stick hygienic tray that has antiviral properties. In addition, the sandboxes must be emptied at least once every day. Weekly, you have to remove all the sand and disinfect the sandboxes at least once a week.
As much as we like cats, you should not have more than 8 or 10 and these should be in stable groups of 3 to 4 individuals to reduce the risk of exposure. With only one being infected, the chances of others doing so are high.
In case the feline has died from this disease and was the only one at home, before introducing a new one at home it is necessary to wait at least two months. We must make sure to properly clean with disinfectants everywhere in the house where they used to be.
We conclude with a very important advice: take the cat to the veterinarian as a preventive measure to stimulate cellular and humoral immunity. The intranasal vaccine is quite safe and partially effective.