OBX SPCA says virus is affecting kittens in Dare County

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MANTEO, N.C. (WAVY) — The Outer Banks SPCA says it has recently seen an illness impacting kittens across Dare County — and will be limiting kitten adoptions over the next several weeks.

Kittens have been showing symptoms including lethargy, unsteadiness in their movement and general signs of weakness since mid-June, the shelter said in a Facebook post.

The mysterious illness has not been identified, but the shelter added it appeared to be “viral in nature.”

The shelter offered some tips for people taking a new people home for the first time:

  • It is extremely important to vaccinate cats and kittens of all ages If you have recently brought a kitten into your home, please start its vaccine series immediately
  • Keeping new additions to the family separate from established pets and slowly introducing them is a good way to make sure everyone stays healthy and bonds well.
  • If you have a cat under six months that begins acting lethargic, unsteady, or any other symptoms of weakness, please take it to your veterinarian immediately.

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