Feline Infectious Enteritis

Read our guide on spotting symptoms and preventing the disease in your cat.

What is Feline Infectious Enteritis?

Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE), also known as Feline Parvovirus, is a virus that can cause severe disease in cats, particularly kittens.

Sadly, the disease has a high mortality rate and on occasion, outbreaks are still seen in multi-cat situations, such as households with unvaccinated cats, breeders or catteries.

What are the signs of Feline Infectious Enteritis?

While all unvaccinated cats are susceptible to this disease, kittens are especially at risk. Not all cats with FIE will show symptoms but if they do, they may include the following:

  • vomiting, bringing up froth or being wet around the lips
  • a variable temperature, usually raised in the early stages and low later on
  • hunger and thirst with an inability to eat and drink - affected cats often sit hunched over bowls
  • watery diarrhoea with or without blood

How can Feline Infectious Enteritis be treated?

If you suspect that your cat has FIE, you'll need to visit your vet. Your vet is likely to take blood and faecal samples from a sick cat and send them to a veterinary laboratory that will look for signs of the virus and antibodies.

Sadly, there's no treatment for FIE but if the disease is detected in time, the symptoms can be treated and some cats recover with intensive care including good nursing, fluid therapy and assisted feeding.

To help prevent FIE, vaccinating your cat is important. For more information, take a look at our guide on vaccinations

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