Cat (Feline) Flu Treatment, Vaccination and Natural Home Remedies

January 18, 2011 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

Flu is the name given to a condition caused by several viral strains. It can affect cats, but it is not as fatal when it happens to a healthy cat. Treatment is usually supportive.

There are two common viral culprits of cat flu, these include:

  • Feline Herpes Virus 1 (FHV 1)
  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

The symptoms for the two are similar, but there are some differentiating symptoms. They are:

FHV 1

  • Inflamed or watery eyes
  • Inflamed nasal lining
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lost Pregnancy – Female cats that are pregnant when they get the FHV 1 Flu will most likely abort the pregnancy.

FCV

  • Ulcers on the tongue and mouth
  • Drooling as a result of ulcers
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Joint Pain – May cause limping in affected cats
  • Ulcers on Paws

Cat Flu Treatment

Since Cat Flu is caused by a virus, there is no known cure for the condition. Viral infections are self-limiting. It means that it will go away on its own, even without treatment. Supportive treatment is going to be what’s necessary.

Supportive treatment give to cats with the flu include:

  • Cage Rest
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Antihistamine – Helps reduce sneezing, itching, and watery eyes.
  • Antipyretic – Reduces fever
  • Analgesic – Manages pain. This could be given orally or topically to deal with the ulcers in a FCV infection.
  • Nutritional Therapy – Given to cats with anorexia

To prevent cat flu from happening, it may be necessary to give the feline a cat flu vaccination. Vets can tell owners when the ideal time for vaccination is. There may be one or two seasons each year when a cat needs vaccination against the flu.

Cat Flu Natural Remedies

Natural remedies for cats with the flu will be focused on the supportive. These includes:

  • Rest – the animal will need its rest so confine it to the inside of the house or to its cage.
  • Fluid therapy – Make sure that the cat gets enough water

There may also be some natural treatments that help address pain and congestion.

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