Role of vector-borne pathogen in the development of fever in cats: 1 Flea-associated diseases

Published Date
Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Lappin MR
Tasker S
Roura X

Practical relevance: There has been increasing identification of vector-borne pathogens in cats presented to veterinary clinics around the world for evaluation of fever and the associated secondary effects, such as signs of depression and loss of appetite.

Aim: The aim of this article is to summarize the clinically relevant information concerning fever in cats that is associated with pathogens known or suspected to be vectored by fleas, with an emphasis on presenting clinical abnormalities and optimal diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies. Fever in cats that is associated with pathogens vectored by ticks or sandflies is discussed in Part 2 of this article series.

Keywords: Bartonella; Ctenocephalides; Rickettsia; Yersinia; flea; hemoplasmas.