Does your cat sneeze, fly, have a runny nose or weeping eyes? Does he eat less, have a stuffy nose, seem tired? Does he seem feverish? Like you, he may have caught a “cold”, which is more commonly called coryza or rhinotracheitis in our felines. This disease of the upper respiratory tract has several causes; bacterial or more often viral. The main and most severe infectious agent of this disease is feline herpesvirus type 1 (FeHV-1). Two other agents can be implicated: feline calicivirus (FCV) and the bacterium Chlamydophila felis.
Like our flu to which it is sometimes compared, this syndrome is never trivial, and even if a vigorous adult cat manages without too much damage, the consequences can be serious in very young animals, still fragile and in the system. immature immune system, and in elderly animals whose natural defenses are no longer as efficient. Fortunately, there are vaccines against these microbes and your veterinarian will work with you to establish the vaccination schedule adapted to your companion’s lifestyle.
Depending on the causative agent, the symptoms can be different: watery eyes, gingivitis, cough, sneezing, loss of appetite, loss of health, etc. In serious cases, veterinary medical treatment or even hospitalization is necessary. You can help your cat to overcome this bad course by improving his comfort, in particular by cleaning his eyes with a suitable solution, by unblocking his nose, and by modifying his respiratory environment with baths (also called fumigations or inhalations). In this case the essential oils will bring the benefits of their assets. However, cats have a different metabolism than ours, and some essential oils can be dangerous for them. Seek advice from your veterinarian.
In the MP Labo product line you will find solutions to help your cat overcome his illness, as well as information on the following pages. This disease should not be taken lightly, it is very contagious in the feline species. So if you have any doubts, questions or if your cat’s general condition appears to be poor, do not hesitate to seek the advice of your veterinarian.