Cat flu is associated with feline herpesvirus (FHV) and feline calicivirus (FCV). Both viruses are very contagious and the main route of transmission is by direct or close contact between cats. The virus are present in droplets that are released during sneezing or from eye discharges. The virus can also survive for long periods in the environment and can also be acquired when sharing food and water bowls, litter boxes, bedding, grooming tools, etc. The symptoms displayed by affected cats include sneezing, nasal, and eye discharge. There may also be ulcers in the mouth and conjunctivitis. When medical care and attention are not given promptly, some cases may lead to complications such as pneumonia. Once a cat is infected with feline herpesvirus, most continue to harbor the virus even with symptoms have already subsided. Flare-ups can occur when the cat’s immune system function is compromised.
Consult with your veterinarian North Phoenix, AZ about the best way to protect your cat against the flu.