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Upper respiratory infection in cats can be caused by bacteria

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Karla Kirby

There are upper respiratory infections in felines that originate in bacteria. Chlamydia and Bordetella-also frequently found in shelters and areas with multiple cats. Less common in cats than dogs, Bordetella is generally associated with stress and overcrowded living conditions.

Symptoms vary depending on the cause and location of the infection, but some general clinical signs of upper respiratory problems in cats include: Runny nose, congestion, sneezing, coughing, clear to colored nasal discharge, squinting or rubbing eyes, fever, gagging, drooling, loss of or decreased appetite, nasal and oral ulcers, and depression

Vaccination status, age, and physical condition all play a part in a cat’s susceptibility to upper respiratory infections, but felines who live in multi-cat households or shelters are most vulnerable. Veterinarians have found that strain plays a role in causing outbreaks of URI, and cats in any cattery, shelter, or boarding facility are by and large experiencing high levels of pressure. Felines who have recovered from URI can become carriers, and may suffer recurrences when stressed.

Certain breeds such as Persians and other flat-faced breeds have an inclination to develop upper respiratory infections because of their facial structure.

It’s imperative to bring your cat to a veterinarian if you suspect he/she may be suffering from an upper respiratory infection. A brief examination by a veterinarian will help to conclude if your cat has a fever, requires medication, or is dehydrated. Steer clear of self-diagnosis, since your cat may be infectious and require antibiotics, isolation, or additional veterinary care.

Your veterinarian will stipulate the best course of action for your cat, which may include isolation, medications, rest and support with fluids and nutritional support.

Ignored and untreated, some upper respiratory infections can progress to pneumonia or have other serious complications, such as chronic breathing difficulties or blindness.

Keep your cat inside to reduce the risk of exposure to infected animals.
Correctly isolate infected cats to protect other cats living in the same atmosphere.
Curtail stress.

Keep your cat current on vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian. Vaccines for upper respiratory disease in cats may not, in reality prevent infection, but they help decrease the severity of the disease in some instances.

Standard veterinary exams and preventive care can aid in catch and treat problems in the early hours. A cat’s most excellent defense against upper respiratory infection is a healthy immune system.

Put into practice good hygiene and always wash your hands methodically when handling multiple cats.