Last Modified on Nov 13, 2014
Feline respiratory infections can be a common problem in homes with multiple cats, in catteries and especially among animal shelters and pet shops. Because the virus is airborne it can spread very swiftly from one cat to another and before too long the entire population is often infected. There are two main viruses that contribute to feline respiratory diseases, one is feline rhinotracheitus and the other is feline herpes. Symptoms may present themselves slowly in the beginning with the occasional sneeze and then progressing to a loss of appetite. The animal may begin to lose weight, become dehydrated, exhibit signs of excessive sneezing, begin to cough, may present a fever, become depressed and lethargic and produce discharge from the eyes, nose and as a result of coughing.
In homes where there are multiple cats it is wise to segregate the infected cat as soon as possible to prevent the others from contracting it. The sooner you begin to treat the problem the better the possibility for a speedy recovery and the less chance there is that it will progress to a serious illness or even pneumonia.
There are two homeopathic treatments that can aid in the recovery of the animal. Use Peruvian Bark to help the cat bounce back from the weakening effects of the virus and to fight off dehydration. Phosphate of Iron used in addition to the Peruvian bark will help relieve the cat's symptoms of sinusitis and the general effects of the virus.
Your main priority in the beginning of this virus should be to ensure that your cat does not stop eating and drinking. If necessary, attempt to force feed the animal water with a syringe and mix some sugar or corn syrup in with it to increase the sugar content, which will help to combat dehydration. When an animal is sick it is more likely to eat something that it can smell. For this reason it might be wise to feed the cat some fishy smelling canned food. If your pet is on a regular diet of dry food, the weak scent will not likely be incentive enough for it to want to eat it.
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I live in spain and I have a colony of 15 cats. With the cold weather they have almost all gotten sick with FRI or URI. I am unable to pay for a vet for these kitties and obviously things like keeping them in a warm room or seperating the sick from the healthy is impossible with a feral colony so I am going to use the ACV approach. Today is going to be day one of the approach and I would like to document it as I go to help others out there. I will be doing it here and on a social network where they have a page and praying the outcome is positive. I am currently with 9 full grown adults, females are spayed, two kittens 9 months old and four kittens about 4 months old. All the sick ones are with runny nose and eyes, laboured breathing and sneezing and coughing fits. I have started treating the kittens with a 50% water to ACV on back of necks, face wash and on their food. I will try update often. Wish me luck!!