Feline influenza ( feline respiratory disease/cat flu)
Flu in cats is not uncommon and, in houses where more than on cat lives, and particularly in catteries, can soon spread to other cats. Generally, the mortality rate in cats infected by cat flu is low.
- your pet’s symptoms
- when they started
- how long they have been present
- how your cat’s usual behaviour is affected
These vary, but may include loss of appetite , fever, sneezing, depression, inflamed or reddened eyes, yellow or thick green discharge from the nose, occasional coughing and ulcers on the tongue.
The two main causes are viral. One is known as feline calici virus (FCV). The other is known as feline herpes virus (FHV) or feline viral rhino-tracheitus (FVR). It is transferred from the effected cat trough aerosol droplets from sneezes. Unfortunately, some cats are carriers, and although they do not show any signs of the condition they can still pass cat flu to another cat.
Salivation is a common symptom of cat flu
What to do?
Isolate an effected cat as soon symptoms are noticed and contact the vet within 24 hours. The incubation period is two to ten days, but even after successful treatment many cats are still carriers of the virus. In such cases, it is best if the affected cat is never allowed to come into contact with another cat. Vaccinations-both injected under the skin and sprayed up the cat’t nose- can provide some prottection.
There are two parts to treatment. The first is to nurse the cat to get him eating and drinking again, and the second is to administer drugs to alleviate his suffering. The vet may prescribe antibiotics and mucolytics (which help clear the mucus from the respiratory system).