Bob Cat Fever
I read an article about a person losing their cat went missing for a few weeks, they found out their cat had Bobcat fever and the cat died, I had not heard of this before, so I did some research since I have thirteen cats, the reason I have so many is because people dump them and leave them to die.
So, what are the signs? Depression, Lethargy, decreased appetite, Fever, Dehydration. Infected cats will have a high fever and may show signs of anemia pale gums and jaundice, a yellow discoloration to the skin due to a build-up of bilirubin in the blood from the liver not functioning properly.
This disease can be infectious in theory, if this is caught in the very early stages, the treatment includes cat antibiotics and an antiprotozoal drug.
How do Cats Catch Bobcat Fever? Cytauxzoon Felis is a protozoal organism transmitted to domestic cats by a deadly blood parasite spread by tick bites, with Lonestar ticks being the main transmitters. It can kill an infected cat within a week without treatment.
Cytauxzoonosis, known as bobcat fever, is an acute, often fatal tick-borne disease caused by the hematoprotozoan parasite Cytauxzoon felis. Cytauxzoonosis often strikes healthy, young adult cats who have access to or live outdoors.
Cats that do survive this disease may lead to an often-fatal infection in domestic cats, if it is acute illness, they are resistant to repeat illness from either relapsed or repeat infection.
It is said that Cytauxzoonosis is an emerging, life-threatening infectious disease of domestic cats (Felis catus) caused by the tick-transmitted protozoan parasite Cytauxzoon felis. Cytauxzoon spp are apicomplexan parasites within the family Theileriidae along with their closest relatives of Theileria spp.
Haemoprotozoan parasites are unique unicellular protists that have developed sophisticated life cycles alternating between development in the tissues and blood of a range of vertebrate hosts and the gut and tissues of various blood-feeding invertebrate vectors.
By definition, a parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of the host.
From looking through several articles the best prevention is tick prevention it seems most cases are in the United States and a few more cats are surviving it is seasonable, unusual in England.
Most parasites can be kept under control with flea and worm treatment regularly.