HAYWARD, Calif. (BCN) - Police are asking cat owners to beware of a potentially deadly virus affecting cats that was recently discovered at a Hayward animal shelter.
On Wednesday and Thursday, two kittens at the Hayward Animal Shelter, located at 16 Barnes Court, tested positive for feline panleukopenia, according to police.
Since the virus was first discovered, the animal shelter has euthanized 11 cats that either tested positive for the virus or were exposed to it, police said.
Feline panleukopenia, which is often difficult to detect, often occurs in the spring and summer months and is commonly associated with cats that live in large groups and are unvaccinated.
The virus does not pose a threat to humans or other animals, according to police.
To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, the animal shelter will not be accepting cats for the next few weeks. During this time, staff members will be thoroughly cleaning the shelter, police said.
Symptoms for the virus include fever, lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, which can result in dehydration, which can lead to death in cats, according to police.
Cat owners are advised to make sure their pet is up to date with their vaccinations and to check with their veterinarian about their cat's risk for panleukopenia.