Hello, my name is Elena. I had an emergency two days ago. I bought chicken fillet from the poultry farm, which is near us. Yesterday I learned that the factory has bird flu or panleukopenia (as I found on the Internet). I already cooked meat, but did not dare to eat.
I bought a beautiful cat recently on the site zverivdom.com/catalog/koshki. Here I think, could she get infected? She did not give her meat, but maybe I didn’t properly or properly disinfect the tabletop, etc. Could she get infected from there?
Avian flu or panleukopenia?
Hello, Elena. At once I want to say that panleukopenia or “cat's plague” and bird flu are two completely different diseases. The first disease is very dangerous for cats. But your pet can get it only from another already sick cat. The disease is transmitted through direct contact, fleas, in utero (in the case of kittens) and it is believed that the pathogen can be transmitted by airborne droplets. Symptoms of the disease are fever, refusal to eat, vomiting, and liquid, strongly smelling feces.
These are only the main signs that usually appear always. The manifestation of additional symptoms depends on many factors, for example, the state of your cat's immune system, its age, etc. There is an opinion that this also depends on the breed of cats.
Frankly, the disease is pretty scary, the mortality of kittens becomes 90%, and adults who are cured become carriers. Therefore, at the slightest hint of this disease, immediately contact the veterinarian, because only he will be able to diagnose the diagnosis on the basis of laboratory data.
Now it should be clear to you that the chicken could not get sick of this disease, and accordingly the cat could not get infected by some chicken fillet. But bird flu is another topic of conversation. As is known, almost all birds except waterfowl are subject to it. Until recently, it was believed that pets could not get sick. But as it turned out, it is not.
Could a cat get bird flu?
Until recently, it was believed that neither large cattle, nor small cattle, nor dogs and cats could get sick with bird flu. The only exceptions were pigs. But according to new data in the world there are already a few cases of this disease of cats. As the scientists say, the very nature of the constantly mutating virus, as well as the unimportant state of the disease-prone animals, are to blame. As it turned out, before getting infected, the cat ate a sick bird with a very active pathogen.
If I understand you correctly, then in your case it does not make sense to worry, because the cat did not eat chicken meat. In addition, most likely, you bought the meat before infection. Although in this case it is impossible to joke and it is good that you did not use it. But if you want to protect yourself and the cat, then you can give her "Fosprenil", which is an excellent immunostimulant.
The fact is that animals with good immunity are little defeated by the disease. But before that it is better to go to the vet and conduct an examination of the animal.