Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2009 issue)

(Link to the 2009 issue)
This issue contains update articles of the 2009 and 2013 guidelines, and new recommendations for cats with different lifestyles, rescue shelter cats and breeding catteries – which we have called “Matrix vaccination guidelines”.

GUIDELINE for Feline calicivirus infection

Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a highly contagious pathogen with a widespread distribution in the feline population.

GUIDELINE for Feline Infectious Peritonitis

Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) is the causative agent of the serious disease of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). FCoV is a large spherical enveloped virus with a single stranded RNA genome.Being an RNA virus, FCoV has a high level of genetic variation due to frequent errors during RNA replication.

GUIDELINE for Feline immunodeficiency virus

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a retrovirus of the genus Lentivirus that is closely related to HIV; however, humans are not susceptible to the cat virus, which occurs in 5 subtypes (clades) worldwide.

GUIDELINE for Feline rabies

Rabies is one of the oldest and most feared diseases of humans and animals – it was recognized in Egypt before 2300 BC and in ancient Greece, where it was well described by Aristotle.

GUIDELINE for Influenza virus infections in cats

Influenza is a highly contagious, acute infection, usually of the upper respiratory tract, and has been detected worldwide in many vertebrate hosts (Krammer et al., 2018). Feline respiratory diseases caused by influenza viruses appear to be rather rare and usually self-limiting;

GUIDELINE for Chlamydia felis

Chlamydia felis is a Gram-negative bacterium that is an obligate intracellular parasite of cats. Chlamydia felis does not survive outside of the host so close contact between cats is required for transmission, usually via ocular discharges. Chlamydiosis typically affects young cats under 9 months of age.

GUIDELINE for Bordetella bronchiseptica infection in cats

Bordetella bronchiseptica (Bb) is a primary respiratory pathogen of cats, particularly in high population density conditions such as rescue shelters and multicat households.

Bordetella (B.) pertussis, B. parapertussis and Bb are closely-related Gram-negative coccobacilli that colonise the respiratory tracts of mammals. B.

Evidence-based veterinary medicine

Published: 01/01/2009
Last updated: 13/09/2015
Last reviewed: 23/06/2022

The Evidence-based veterinary medicine article was first published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2009) 11, 529.

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is a relatively new concept (created in the 1970s in human medicine), which aims to emphasise the

GUIDELINE for Feline Leukaemia Virus Infection

Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV), a gammaretrovirus of domestic cats, is a member of the Orthoretrovirinae subfamily of retroviruses. It contains a protein core with single-stranded RNA protected by an envelope.