Feline Upper Respiratory Infection Calcivirus/Herpesvirus
Feline upper respiratory infection is a very common viral infection, caused most commonly by calicivirus or herpesvirus. It is compared to the human common cold, and usually lasts for about a week. The viruses are spread through moist contact, like sneezes, infected discharges or sharing dishes.
These viruses are recurring, sometimes over a cat’s entire life. Herpesvirus usually recurs about a week after a stressful incident (like a new pet in the house, boarding, surgery).
Susceptible cats include:
The following symptoms indicate a mild infection, just like a human cold:
If the infection becomes more serious, you will notice the following symptoms:
In kittens, these viruses can lead to pneumonia or arthritis. Call your vet immediately.
Your vet may be able to diagnose your cat with a simple physical exam.
Additional tests may include:
Your cat may need to be hospitalized to safely survive the symptoms, but there is a very good prognosis. Death in adult cats is unusual; serious illness and death in young kittens is more common.
To send us a message, use the contact form or the information below. A caring member of our knowledgable staff will do their best to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call us.
The communication methods below are monitored during our facility's regualr business hours.
Long Island City Phone: 718-752-1488
Astoria Animal Society is a non-profit veterinary practice.