What is cat flu?

Cat flu is an undesirable virus that can be picked up by your cat so easily, you can even bring this virus home to your pet. To find out which flu virus your cat has you will need a veterinary swab test. If you stop to pet a cat and it sneezes over your arm, this can spread the virus if the cat carries it, so when you go home and fuss your pet it can be transferred.

Feline Herpes Virus Cat Flu.

This one is the more serious type and can stay with your cat for life with recurrent bouts of this virus throughout, meaning several trips to the vet for an antibiotic course. The virus lasts for 7 to 14 days depending on the severity, if you notice it early enough your cat can make a quick recovery after a visit to the vet.

Cats having this virus, can become carriers and will shed the virus from time to time, although might not show any symptoms so best kept as an only cat, preferably as an indoor cat

Calicivirus Cat Flu.

This is another strain of cat flu not quite as severe but still a concern for all cats, this is the common form of cat flu and again needs antibiotics to aid recovery, if you know your cat, you will spot the signs of it being “off colour” the sooner you get treatment the better for you and the cat.

Cats that get this virus can carry it for about a month sometimes longer but will eliminate it from approximately 3 to 18 months later, a small percentage may carry it.

Cat flu is horrendous for all, that is why it is so important to vaccinate your kitten from an early age, vaccinations offer your cat protection and the booster every year help to continue that protection for life.

I do not claim to be an expert in this field so it is best to consult a veterinary surgeon promptly if you think your cat or kitten is unwell. Never put it off.

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