Runny nose, tearing and ulcers in the mouth are manifestations that you have recently observed in your cat… What if your cat had contracted coryza?
Contagious disease, sometimes fatal, vaccination remains the only barrier to prevent and minimize the consequences of coryza. P
However, the device remains insufficient, protecting the cat only from certain viral and bacterial strains of the disease.
From transmitting to healing your companion, here's everything you need to know about common cold.
What is cat coryza?
The coryzaor rhinotracheitisis a respiratory infection that affects the entire ENT areaof your animal. Serious for our felines, it is not transmitted to humans.
Three viruses are responsibledevelopment disease, each leading to their symptoms:
- FHV-1 feline herpes virus (infection of the nose and respiratory tract).
- Calicivirus FCV (attacks the respiratory tract and eyes, ulcers on the tongue and gums).
- Reovirus (watery eyes).
These three viruses are added bacteria and pathogens like the chlamydophila felis(runny nose, pus in the eyes) and mycoplasmas (Pasteurella and Bordetella bronchiseptica) which increase complications.
Very contagious, the coryza contracts by contacts between chats:
- Community (boarding house, refuge, in the garden, in a home with several cats).
- Body secretions.
- Sharing an object (bowl, basket, etc.)
- If an owner touches an infected cat and strokes their cat.
Incubation of the disease is 2 to 5 days depending on the severity, age and health of your cat. Certain clinical signsand variables alert.
- Cough, sneezing.
- Runny nose.
- Swollen eyelids, purulent eyes.
- Loss of appetite.
- Bad breath, hyper salivation.
- Fatigue, prostration, fever.
- Red spots in the mouth.
Although some very resistant cats have their common colds go away naturally, most cats are fatal if left untreated. Contact your veterinarian atfasterfor the welfare of your twink.
Offer palatable food (sachet, etc.) lightly heated in the microwave to stimulate your cat's appetite.
Treat the disease
There is no treatment that can permanently eliminate coryza.To avoid complications and relieve your cat, the veterinarian offers different solutions depending on the symptoms observed:
- Oral or infusion antibiotics for bacterial contamination.
- Antibiotic-based aerosols to thin the nasal passages.
- Eye drops and ointments.
- Antivirals in the most severe cases.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs and antihistamines for pain.
- Hospitalization in case of dehydration or malnutrition.
- Drip and oxygen for respiratory complications.
If in doubt about the diagnosis, a conjunctival or oral swab is taken and analyzed in the laboratory.
ATnote that it is imperative to vaccinate your kitten from 8 weeks oldin two injections spaced 3 or 4 weeks apart with a booster every year. This is the only way to prevent the more severe forms of common cold.
Natural solutions, another alternative
At the first signs of coryzaor in case of recurrence, food supplements and homeopathy bring help and comfort to your cat. Warning ! they do not replace veterinary treatment!
- Food supplement rich in Lysine to fight viral infection.
- Food supplement containing vitamin E, C, taurine or elfin for booster your cat's immune system.
Give 2 homeopathy granules morning and evening for the first week, then once a day until symptoms disappear. Slide them into food or let them melt in water, then administer with a syringe.
- Allium 5CH (sneezing or rhinitis).
- Euphrasia officinalis 5 CH for runny eyes (1 drop 2 to 6 times a day).
- Apis melifica 7CH (rhinitis).
- Belladonna 9CH (fever).
To help your cat breathe better, place a few drops of eucalyptus essential oils and mint alcohol in a cup (to which he cannot access).
Is a cured cat still contagious?
Although neat, cats carry the virus all their life.
- Asymptomatic, your animal remains contagious to other cats.
- The disease can return during stress, childbirth or illness, the immune system is under great strain.