Cats get colds, too!

How do I know my cat has a cold?

Runny nose, sneezing, and fever – poor kitty! These are just a few of the symptoms associated with feline calicivirus, a common cause of upper respiratory infections in cats. This virus affects a cat’s nose, throat, nasal passages, mouth and sometimes more. The disease is common around the world in both domestic and wild cats. Cats with calicivirus also get ulcers of the mouth and tongue.

Calicivirus is highly contagious and cats that are left unprotected from a vaccine are likely to contract it, making cats from shelters or homes with multiple cats the susceptible. It is spread through the nose and eye discharge, and saliva of an infected cat

How do you protect your cat?

The FVRCP vaccine is considered a core vaccine, meaning it is a vaccine vital to all cats based on the risk of exposure, the severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. The “C” in FVRCP represents protection against calicivirus. Making sure your cat receives a booster of this vaccine (and the entire FVRCP vaccine) each year is an important pattern in healthy living.

If your cat does ever exhibit symptoms such as nasal discharge, sneezing, conjunctivitis, fever, and hypersalivation, call your veterinarian right away and do your best to keep your sick cat away from other healthy cats in your home if there are any.

VIP Petcare clinics offer the 3-in-1 FVRCP vaccine for cats of all ages, and it’s recommended kittens begin receiving this vaccine as young as 8 weeks of age.