A consultant veterinarian with expertise in feline care, Dr. Jennifer Creed rescues, breeds, and provides health education concerning purebred cats. Dr. Jennifer Creed has written about respiratory infections common to catteries.
A cattery is to cats as a kennel is to dogs. Catteries house cats together, and just like places where humans gather, they create opportunities for diseases to spread. One common type of infection in catteries affects the animals’ upper respiratory system. Two viruses, the feline calicivirus and herpesvirus, give rise to the vast majority of these contagious infections, which can spread anywhere that cats are housed in multiples. Moreover, purebred cats with flat-faced facial structures exhibit a higher risk of upper respiratory disease.
The illness’ symptoms include sneezing, drooling, and inflamed or oozing eyes. Since the infection is viral in origin, it cannot be cured with medications in same the way bacterial infections can. However, veterinarians and pet caretakers can manage symptoms by wiping off nasal and ocular discharge and cultivating a comfortable, stress-free environment.