Cat Flu. One of the most dreaded diagnoses that one could hear when at the veterinarian. Sadly, it’s quite common and is caused by two different viruses; feline calicivirus or feline herpesvirus, and sometimes even feline chlamydia.
It causes symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose, tiredness, and loss of appetite-to name a few. Additional symptoms can accompany each of the individual viruses.
Now, while these symptoms may not sound like much, in un-vaccinated, young, old, or immune-suppressed cats, Cat Flu can become life threatening. But thankfully, vaccinations are available to help prevent Cat Flu, and to reduce the severity of symptoms should your cat contract it.
Like the common cold in humans, not much can be done to send the Virus on its way, so instead, treatment is intended to help reduce the severity of any symptoms your pet may be suffering with. Should your cat have a secondary bacterial infection, antibiotics will likely be administered for this.
When fighting Cat Flu, cats are often not themselves and reluctant to eat. This can be extremely distressing and concerning for their doting owners. It is important to try and tempt your cat to eat and drink regularly during this time by using their favorite foods, fresh, roasted chicken, and even water on the tips of your fingers and rubbing it gently against their nose/lips to stimulate a licking response.
Whilst Cat Flu poses no risk to humans, it is highly infectious among cats, so it is important that you separate/isolate your kitty to help prevent the virus from spreading further.
Sadly, it’s possible for your cat to have life-long problems after a bout of Cat Flu. They can suffer nasal problems, gingivitis, or other herpes-related side effects. The number one method of prevention is vaccination, which in itself is not a guarantee. But you’d rather know that you’ve given your pet the best chance, right?
If you are concerned about your pet’s health, please contact their local Veterinarian immediately.
In this video, you can hear this cat’s labored breathing and sneezes.
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