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Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

Meet Tiger and August!

Both kittens are 13 weeks old and were transferred with their mom from Animal Services when they were only 3 weeks old. The litter consisted originally of six kittens, however, three of them passed away. One of the kittens was healthy, while Tiger and August got infected with a feline upper respiratory infection, which unfortunately led to an enucleation (removal of the eye). Tiger lost both of her eyes, while August still has an intact left eye.

If interested in Tiger and/or August please call the Foster Department at 915-532-6971, ext.130.

Viral infections are the most common causes of upper respiratory infections (URIs) in cats. Feline calicivirus (FVC) and feline herpesvirus type-1 (FHV-1) account for 80 to 90 percent of all upper respiratory problems. They can be transmitted from cat to cat through sneezing, coughing, during grooming or when sharing food/water dishes.

It is important to know that once infected cats can become carriers for life.  That means they may not show clinical signs, but they are still able to spread the viruses to others. Bordetella (less common in cats) and Chlamydia are upper respiratory infections that are primarily caused by bacteria.

Symptoms for upper respiratory infection are sneezing, congestion, runny nose, cough, clear to colored/puss-like discharge from nose/eyes, gagging, drooling, fever, loss of or decreased appetite, nasal and oral ulcers, squinting /rubbing eyes, and/or depression.

You can read in more detail about it here: Upper Respiratory Infection in Cats

The HSEP was able to help Tiger and August by providing proper treatment. Please consider donating, so the HSEP can continue to save more animals in need: Donate here