Cat Flu

Cat flu is actually a virus called ‘feline calicivirus’. There are many strains of the virus that infect cats and can cause a variety of diseases, the most common of which is ‘upper respiratory tract disease’ or cat flu.

Cat flu causes fever, runny nose and mouth ulcers which can be found on the tongue, the roof of the mouth or the nose. They can be very painful and often mean infected cats are unable to eat.
Other strains of the virus can cause a number of other illnesses and diseases.

There is no specific treatment, as the disease is caused by a virus. Cats may need intensive nursing and nutritional support. If they can’t eat due to ulcers and fever, they may need tube feeding.
Secondary bacterial infections are common so they may need antibiotics as well.

Cat flu survives in the environment for several weeks and spreads easily from cat to cat. It can also be transmitted on clothing and food bowls. If cat owners come into contact with other cats that are infected, they can pass it along to their own cats.

The only real protection is through regular vaccination. Annual boosters are really important to maintain protection. Don’t put it off!