Learn more about snuffles, how to prevent your cat from developing this disease and what to do if you suspect that your cat is suffering with snuffles.
Causes: Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Disease – Cat Flu, also known as “snuffles,” is most commonly caused by feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) and feline calici virus (FCV) in cats. Infection is most common in multi-cat households and in unvaccinated cats. Very young, very old and immunosuppressed cats are more likely to develop severe cases of the disease.
Signs and Symptoms: If you notice that your cat is sneezing, snotty, has red, swollen eyes, has eye discharge, high fever, is feeling under the weather or is coughing, then it’s time to see the vet. Other symptoms that you may see are ulcers in the mouth, excessive salivation or eye ulcers.
Treatment: If you suspect that your cat is suffering with snuffles, then please do not delay to get your precious kitty to the vet immediately. Your vet can offer symptomatic treatment to help your cat feel some relief from the virus and to help prevent secondary bacterial infections that can be very serious and potentially life-threatening. You can offer your kitty supportive treatment such as a stress-free environment, good nutrition and good nursing care.
Prevention: You can reduce the risk of your cat developing snuffles by vaccinating. The viruses that cause snuffles are quite widespread and highly contagious – so, even if your cat is a single, indoor cat vaccinating is still vital to protect them against snuffles.
At TEARS, we have a high population of cats in our Cattery so the risk of developing snuffles is higher. We encourage all pet owners who adopt shelter cats to give all of their pets the recommended vaccination protocols to protecting them from preventable disease.