What causes panleucopenia/FPV?
Feline Parvovirus is also called ‘FPV’, ‘Feline Panleucopenia’ and ‘Feline Infectious Enteritis’. It’s a disease caused by a nasty virus, similar to parvovirus in dogs (FPV does not spread to dogs or humans).
Your cat can catch FPV from an infected cat or pick it up anywhere an infected cat has been. FPV often affects kittens more seriously than adult cats. If a pregnant cat catches FPV, her kittens may be born with brain damage (wobbly kitten syndrome).
FPV damages the gut lining (causing vomiting and diarrhoea), bone marrow (damaging the immune system) and sometimes attacks the heart muscle. Infected cats quickly become poorly and sadly, often die.