FELINE UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION (URI)
There are many different causes of this disease. Consequently, some forms of the "flu" will be worse than others. The upper respiratory vaccines are very beneficial, but will not protect your cat against all of the viruses or causes of this disease. Upper respiratory infection is a very contagious problem and in severe cases can be fatal.
Symptoms seen may vary with the individual:
As with the human cold or flu, this disease must "run its course". Medication, if indicated, is designed to help alleviate some of the symptoms. Good nursing care is very important!
- Clean the eyes & nose to help the cat breathe and feel better. This usually needs to be done daily.
- Give any and all medications prescribed by your doctor.
- Help with feeding (force feed, if necessary).
- Keep your cat away from other cats - an outdoor cat must be kept indoors. This condition is highly contagious!
Most of the severe symptoms subside in 3 - 10 days. If your pet stops eating or will not take the medications, then hospitalization for intensive care treatment may be needed.
Remember, yearly booster vaccinations will help prevent the more serious forms of upper respiratory disease.