My rescue took in about 30 cats from a hoarding case in October. The adults were in bad shape: worms, flea dermatitis, coccidia, anemia, etc. There were also two nursing mothers with four kittens each.
The first litter was vaccinated (modified live) and separated from mama. They were healthy weight, active and eating well. They all passed away within 10 days of being away from mom and tested positive for panleuk. I thought the foster had been negligent because a kitten from a different litter was put with the others and her foster status was ended.
Fast forward 8 weeks later. The other 4 kittens are given FVRCP, rabies, spayed/neutered and sent to new foster without mom. Healthy weight, active and eating. These kittens had been to the vet four times with their mom for treatment for diahrrea and ringworm after they were removed from the hoarding home and before they were weaned and taken from mom.
Then again, 10 days after one of the kittens died and tested positive for panleuk. We quickly got the remaining kittens into treatment before symptoms set in.
These kittens were never in contact with any other Panleukopenia positive cats. Their fosters were our healthy cat fosters. We only have one foster home that takes in panleuk positive cats and these kittens had never been there or even been in a carrier from that home.
1. Did these kittens have the panleuk for their whole life? Was the mother's milk keeping them safe?
2. Our veterinarians don't like to test for panleuk because of the false positives, but we want to catch it as quickly as possible for better outcomes. Does anyone have advice on testing?
3. Any other advice on treatment would be great. The number of cases has increased since flooding this spring. Our home care protocol has been pretty successful with help from our veterinarians but it's still devastating to have so many cases.
Thank you for your advice!