Kitten season and peak boarding season bring with them an increased incidence of cat flu. Sometimes she has a clear runny nose. Most of the time, sneezing is nothing to worry about. Bless you! There is a discharge from the nose which begins as a clear fluid which can turn thick and green as the disease progresses. After discussing this common health issue that our domestic tabby cat suffers from with my veterinarian I feel confident that I understand the different causes clearly. Most cats are exposed to the virus at a young age and develop immunity, though intermittent viral reactivation can occur.
Therefore, if there were a fever, I would definately gear my treatment toward treating herpes virus. Very young and very old pets are more at risk. An infected pregnant cat might also pass the virus on to kittens who are still in the womb. Cats diagnosed with feline herpesvirus can spread the virus to other cats one to three weeks after infection begins and during periods of reactivation. Virulent systematic feline calicivirus (FCV) can be particularly dangerous to cats and has a 67 percent mortality rate. Sneezing up blood – This can be very serious, and may ultimately be a sign of nasal cancer. Sorry to answer your questions you asked me.
Several types of diagnostic tests are available to help diagnose feline herpesvirus, but they are not 100 percent accurate. One of the major reservoirs of the flu viruses in cats are the kittens, in the same way as young children are the main spreaders of colds and flu in people. If so, she may be suffering from hay fever (hey, don’t laugh — cats can get hay fever). Besides running a fever, a cat with an upper respiratory infection may have swollen eyes and glands, a running nose, coughing and sneezing. Gently wipe accumulated discharge from the eyes and nose of your cat several times a day if necessary. FCV has been reported to cause a limping syndrome. Some prefer to use homeopathic treatments that can also bring relief from these side effects or symptoms to many pets.
Medication, nutrition and love will help your cat to a full recovery. Based in Michigan, Keri Gardner has been writing scientific journal articles since 1998. Cats that harbor this virus are often infected for life.