Diagnosis for feline flu is prepared by your veterinarian right here in Spokane. He will make this conclusion based on symptoms and can have the diagnosis established by taking a swab from your cat’s throat and transferring it to the laboratory for testing.
Feline flu is rarely fatal in up-to-that-time healthy cats. Infected felines will necessitate exhaustive nursing and support. Kittens are more at risk from feline flu than are adult cats.
There is no cure for a viral infection nevertheless the cat can be kept as comfortable as possible by keeping him/her warm and treating the symptoms. Your veterinarian may recommend eye drops or ointment for the conjunctivitis,
Corneal ulcers must be examined by your vet who will recommend appropriate treatment.
Discharging eyes and nose should be bathed frequently with warm salty water.
Secondary bacterial infection can be treated by your vet with antibiotics.
Mouth ulcers can be ruthless and cause your cat to stop eating. Your veterinarian needs to be conferred with if your cat has stopped eating and drinking. At times the cat has to be hospitalized and force-fed because the mouth ulcers are so excruciating the cat simply won’t eat. Dehydrated cats may require to be put on intravenous fluids and this will entail spending a day or two in hospital.
If the cat has lost his/her sense of smell he/she will lose interest in food altogether. Persuade your cat to eat by offering strong- smelling food such as sardines or mackerel…
Since the virus spreads from cat to cat contact with contact from the discharge from the eyes and nose and can also spread from the cat sneezing, infected cats should be kept separated from other cats
The virus can survive outside the feline’s body for a period of time, therefore the infection can be transmitted through bedding, bowls, toys, or in reality anything your cat comes into contact with. You, yourself can spread the virus yourself from one cat to another via your hands or on your clothing.
The Herpes Virus can live outside the cat’s body for approximately 24 hours but the Calicivirus can survive much longer sometimes for up to 7 – 10 days
Household bleach mixed at a ratio of 1:32 is an inexpensive and effective way of destroying the virus on washable items. Feline flu cannot be spread to humans.
Feline Herpes Virus and Calicivirus symptoms generally last from one to two weeks.
When cats have recovered from Feline Flu they keep on to shedding the virus particularly at times of stress. Although they do not show any symptoms they have indeed become a carrier of the virus. With Feline Herpes Virus the carrier condition can last the lifetime of the cat. With Feline Calicivirus the carrier state continues for at least one month after infection. Over half of infected cats get rid of the virus after 2-3 months and most cats do purge it completely after 18 months.
There are vaccinations offered for Feline Herpes Virus-1 and Feline Calicivirus (FCV); talk about a vaccination regime with your veterinarian ASAP.