April 2007 Issue

Why Is Your Neighbor's Cat Always Sneezing?

Almost all feline upper respiratory disorders can be traced to just two viruses.

Your seven-year-old cat is a generally healthy animal. Except for a fleeting bout of gastrointestinal upset a few years ago, she’s never had a really serious sick-day in her life. But your neighbor’s cat always seems to be ill. Indeed, every three or four months she shows up on your doorstep wheezing, sneezing and coughing. Her eyes are red and watery, and she acts lethargic. These disturbing signs persist for a week or 10 days, but then she seems to be all right again — for a while.

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