Cat owners beware of cytaux
All cat owners need to be aware of an infection that is occurring all too often to cats in Cannon and surrounding counties.
The infection is called cytaux. This is short for cytauxzoonosis (common name is bobcat fever). The infection is a protozoal agent that harbors in bobcats. It is picked up from the bloodstream by a tick. The tick falls off and attaches to a wandering feline
The cat then slowly develops a systemic infection and soon becomes extremely ill. To my knowledge all infected cats that are untreated will die.
If treatment is started early in the infection the cure is about 60 percent. The only defense against the disease is using a tick preventative since there is no preventative vaccine. All cat owners should be aware and seek veterinary treatment is their cat shows any symptoms, suck as lethargic, not eating, moving slow, high fever, just lying in one spot and not getting up.
This is a very serious disease that will result in death if not handled correctly.