Causes of Flu in cats – The disease is caused by the Feline Herpes Virus (FHV). Together with Caliciviruses and Chlamydia often causes flu in cats (cat flu). Common symptoms Cough, fever up to 41 OC, loss of appetite and weight loss, runny nose, sneezing, red eyes, swollen and watery diertai crusts in the eyelid.
This disease also causes inflammation of the cornea, the transparent part of the eye that serves to collect light. As a result, the cat is rather sensitive to light and prefer to be in a dark place sometimes rubbing his eyes with his feet. When cats are infected pregnant although rhinotracheitis primarily attacks the upper respiratory tract, complications during bunting can also occur such as pneumonia in young cats, kittens were born sick and miscarriage (abortion).
Sick cat care
Consult with your veterinarian about medications and treatments for your cat. Isolation of sick cats, should be different from the other room with a healthy cat. Kurangsi stress make sure the room is well ventilated with sufficient air circulation. Give drink and enough food, suapi if not eat. Clean the dirt on the nose and the cat’s eye.
Drugs that are given usually depends symptoms. Antibiotics given to prevent secondary infections caused by bacteria. Drugs are given eye drops or ointment to reduce disease in the eye. Decongestants are given to reduce excess mucus in the respiratory tract. Provision of lysine can interfere with the proliferation (viral replication) and can increase appetite and accelerate healing.
Can cats with this disease be cured?
Generally, this disease does not cause death if handled correctly. During the sick cats get enough fluids and good nutrition cats usually can heal itself after 7 -10 days.
About 30% of this virus is a strain that is quite severe and can cause death in old kitten and cat. Complications also can occur when there is a secondary infection caused by bacteria.
In some cats with poor nutrition, runny nose and sneezing may occur sustainable.
Prevention of Flu in cats
Routine vaccination for prevention can be done to prevent severe disease. Kitten should be vaccinated at the age of 8-10 weeks, then repeated at the age of 12-14 weeks, after which repeated every year.