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Help and advice if your pet suffers from cat flu, cat colds or other ailments

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It's important to recognise the symptoms of cat flu as quickly as possible so you can take swift action to get your pet on the road to recovery.

Sneezing is one of the most obvious signs of cat flu or cat colds, and is usually accompanied by a discharge from the nose and eyes.

You may notice swelling around your cat's eyes, and in extreme cases, they can be completely closed.

After a few days, you may notice that the discharge from the eyes becomes yellow and much thicker. In many cases, your cat will become completely lethargic and have a high temperature.

Your cat will appear to have no interest in doing the things it































normally does and will seem out of sorts with everything.

Other symptoms to watch out for include tongue ulcers and enlarged tonsils which can make it very painful for your cat to eat and swallow. These symptoms are likely to lead to your cat refusing to eat and drink, creating a very real danger of dehydration.

Coughing and drooling can also be clear indications of cat flu or cat colds. Drooling can be particularly upsetting for cat owners as your moggy's fur can become completely soaked in saliva. Coughing is also very distressing and can sometimes lead to retching.

Below are details of the main symptoms associated with each of the two viruses normally associated with cat flu - Feline HerpesVirus (FHV-1) and Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

Feline HerpesVirus (FHV-1):

>> Swollen eyes often accompanied by a discharge. Sometimes this can lead to the development of corneal ulcers.

>> Sneezing and inflammation of the lining is of the nose (rhinitis). Discharge from the nose is initially clear but becomes green and thick as cat flu develops. Your cat's sense of smell may deteriorate significantly, thereby leading to a lack of interest in food.

>> Your cat will clearly appear unwell and may develop a fever. A loss of appetite is very likely and dehydration becomes a real risk.


Feline Calicivirus (FVC):

>> Mouth ulcers are a very common symptom of feline calicivirus and this ultimately triggers off drooling and loss of appetite.

>> Ulcers can affect various parts of your cat including the tongue, palate, mouth, tip of the nose and the lips. One particular strain of FVC is even known to lead to ulcers in a cat's paws.

>> Your cat's nose and eyes are likely to be runny and gingivitis may affect the gums. A fever may also develop and your cat may start to limp as a result of pain in the joints.

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