I want to thank everyone who posted to my question. My cats are out of the woods and are doing great... I kind of freaked because Monday morning, one week from the first exposure, my son Ryan came in my bedroom announcing loudly that A.C. (short for Assassin Cat.. can you tell a boy who was only 8 and majorly into GI Joes at the time named her??
) Anyway.. he said "Mom! AC is throwing up..." it was loose and wet, so I called our vet... they were closed.. so I took her to another vet.... he checked her out, she had an intestinal blockage...most likely a hairball... so he gave laxative and antibiotics..just in case...
He told me that older cats usually get sicker with the secondary infections that come with distemper due to the drop in the immune system... so he "covered her butt.." just in case with the antibiotics...
He told me there are two ways distemper hits... number one..the respitory system.. watch for clear discharge from the nose and sneezing with the discharge turning to mucus in a day or two.. the other is the intestinal... either way watch for no eating and dehydration.
I must have been sort of dumb cuz I never knew how to check for dehydration on a cat.. for those of you who join me on this... the skin on the back of the neck we all like to "lift" as we pet our cats... well, if it "stays up" when you lift it.... your cat is dehydrated... who knew??
Anyway.... thank you for all your answers and support on here... you guys are the best...<smile>
AC and Purdy say thanks too!!