IDEXX laboratories reported today, February 14th, that a cat from a Wisconsin household tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus, commonly known as "swine flu". Humans in the household had been ill with flu-like symptoms.
Despite aggressive supportive care, both the 6 year old male and 10 year old female cats were euthanized due to their deteriorating condition. The younger cat, which presented first, tested positive for H1N1.
Anyone suffering flu-like symptoms should practice good hygiene, washing hands frequently, especially after sneezing or using a tissue. Avoid cuddling with your cat or ferret if you have flu symptoms.
Both cats presented with difficulty breathing. If your cat is not breathing normally, please seek veterinary care as it is an emergency.