The feline flu which is also called Coryza is a virus that attacks cats. It is not transmissible from humans to animals or from animals to humans. Relatively common in felines, this disease mainly affects cats lacking viral protection and unvaccinated. There are two kinds of Coryza: Acute Coryza and Chronic Coryza. The Acute Coryza is the common virus, while the Chronic coryza is the result of poor care of Coryza Acute. A Choriza Chronic is considered to be present for life.
Causing damage to the eyes, mouth and respiratory tract, Coryza is treated relatively well today. Important details, Coryza has nothing to do with the common cold.
Cat flu: what are the causes?
This disease, which can be fatal to unvaccinated cats, is due to a cocktail of three bacteria: Calcivirus, FHV (Feline Herpes Virus) and Reovirus.
The Calcivirus is a resistant virus responsible for cat nasal discharge. This discharge can develop into mouth ulcers or gingivitis. A cat infected with this virus is a carrier for at least two years, and in some cases a carrier for life.
The FHV is a less resistant virus that cats give to themselves through close contact. This virus is responsible for discharge from the eyes in cats. Even treated, cats are carriers for life, and the virus can re-trigger if the animal is stressed.
The Reovirus is the least dangerous of the three, although it still causes infection of the eyes and respiratory systems.
Feline flu: symptoms and consequences
Symptoms are present for the animal in general 7 to 10 days with a possibility of chronic relapse. The the cat’s immune system is weakened which causes repetitive sneezing, runny nose, fever, loss of appetite, bad breath, and sometimes gingivitis. For cats particularly affected by the disease, it is possible for lung infections to break out, causing difficult breathing.
When a particularly aggressive Coryza is triggered and no care is taken, the animal risks death. If such a case arises, it is essential to go to a veterinarian as soon as possible. A carrier animal may infect other cats. However, it is impossible for a human to be contaminated by a sick cat just as a human with the flu cannot infect a cat.
Antidote against cat flu
Several solutions exist to prevent your cat from contracting this feline flu.
When it comes to remedies, it’s important to keep your cat warm and to avoid going outside. Usually, the disease is treated with antibiotics, bronchodilators or some anti-inflammatory. Sometimes a homeopathic treatment is effective. In cases where your cat is severely affected at eye level, a eye drops could also be lifesaving.
A veterinary consultation allows a animal vaccination. If your pet has never been vaccinated, this will be an opportunity for him to receive treatment. On the other hand, if it has already been vaccinated, it is important to make sure reminders necessary for the protection to always be effective.
The best way to prevent your cat from getting sick is to provide a healthy environment. Make sure to offer him a fresh water fountain so that it hydrates regularly and to change the water to avoid the proliferation of bacteria and viruses. Likewise think of a healthy and washed sleeping regularly, especially if you have multiple cats. A suitable foode also helps strengthen its immune system and therefore make it more resistant to external aggressions.
Inspect your cat regularly and pay attention to the signs that do not deceive: repetitive sneezing, congested eyes, bad breath and fever. To be serene, the ideal is to vaccinate your cat and do the reminders. If you are in doubt about your cat’s health, don’t take any chances with this highly transmissible disease. Isolate your cat as much as possible by preventing it from going where other cats might live. When in doubt, the reflex is always consult a veterinarian who can do a thorough exam and see any symptoms to determine if your cat is healthy or not. If you have a young kitten, be aware that vaccination from a veterinarian can only take place from eight weeks old.
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