Aachoooo! Uh oh.
First a sneeze, then what next? A runny nose? Watery eyes? A cough? To you, these are the signs of a cold setting in, but what happens when it is your CAT showing these signs?
Can a cat get a cold? Can it be contagious to you or your other pets? And what can you do to help them feel better?
All these answers and more as we cover FELINE UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS in today’s blog.
What is a feline upper respiratory infection (URI)?
A feline URI is an infection of feline species (domestic and exotic) that affects the beginning part of the respiratory tract, including the nasal passages, sinuses, and pharynx (throat).
Depending on the infectious agent, sometimes the eyes, oral cavity and lower respiratory tract can also be affected. The infectious agent of a URI is commonly a virus, but can also be a bacterium, and in rare instances even a fungus or parasite. Some URIs can be a combination of multiple infectious agents.
Common upper respiratory viruses that infect cats are Herpesvirus, Calicivirus, Chlamydophila felis and Influenza. Some of the more common bacterial causes of feline URIs are Bordetella bronchiseptica and Mycoplasma felis. (more…)