Cat Flu Symptoms
Tell Tale Cat Flu Symptoms
Cat flu symptoms are many and varied because the term “cat flu” actually refers more to a set of symptoms than a specific disease. The collective virus’s that cause cat flu symptoms come under the heading of Feline Herpes Virus (FHV) also known as Feline Virus Rhinotracheitis. There is a further article about the operation and proliferation of this virus elsewhere on this web site just click here to see it. The secondary form is undoubtedly the more serious of the two forms and both virus’s are highly contagious amongst the domestic cat population. The main effected areas of the cats body are usually (but not always) the membrane of the eyes in the form of a severe conjunctivitis. Other effected areas could be the pharynx, sinus’s and throat causing severe discomfort and even reparatory difficulties in some animals. So what specific cat flu symptoms should pet cat owners be looking out for?
Specifics of Cat Flu Symptoms
Because the virus effects the outer membrane of the eyes causing conjunctivitis as already explained this can also lead to red eyes filled with puss. This puss is often caused by further bacterial infection penetrating the already infected areas of the eyes. In more severe cases of cat flu symptoms there may even be ulceration of the cornea itself. One of the first signs of infection is sneezing and the nasal passages soon become infected causing chronic inflammation. There will almost always be a nasal discharge which is clear at first but will turn green at the latter stages of infection. Another trademark cat flu symptom is ulceration of the mouth and tongue which in turn often leads to depression, lethargy and a loss of appetite in the animal. Dehydration can also occur but despite this an infected cat may refuse to drink. Gingivitis (infected gums) will often be manifest too and this is often accompanied with drooling.
What To Do About Cat Flu Symptoms
If you spot any of the above cat flu symptoms in your pet take the animal to the vet. If you have other cats in the home there is a strong chance that they will be infected too so its worth getting them checked out as well. The good news is that in an otherwise healthy animal the illness is rarely fatal. Of course, the young and old or animals already weakened by other illnesses are most at risk. If a cat is pregnant whilst infected she will most likely abort and if kittens are born of a cat showing cat flu symptoms they are likely to have the virus too. Prevention (inoculation) is always preferable to cure so keep your cats vaccinations up to date. Blocked eyes can be cleaned regularly with sterilised salt water solution and you should ensure the animal is eating and drinking. In extreme cases of dehydration a cat may need intravenous fluids. Finally keep all feeding and toilet areas disinfected with a pet safe solution and remove body waste as soon as possible. More on this subject here.