August 2010 Issue

Feline Respiratory Infections

The primary signs of URIs tend to be self-limiting, but they can progress to secondary complications.

Your best friendís cat always seems to be ill. During your occasional visits to her home, the cat is often wheezing, sneezing and coughing. Her eyes are red and watery, and she acts lethargic. Your friend says that these signs tend to persist for a week or so ó but then she seems to be all right again for a while. Itís quite likely that the cat is suffering from a deeply rooted upper respiratory infection, a highly contagious disease affecting her nose, sinuses, pharynx and larynx ó the structures that filter, heat and dehumidify inhaled air before it flows to her lungs.

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