Will my kitten survive cat flu?

Will my kitten survive cat flu?

Some kittens will fully recover from cat flu and never have a problem again. Unfortunately, some kittens don’t manage to fully get rid of the virus and become ‘carriers’. This means they have the virus for their whole life.

How long does it take for a new cat to get the flu?

At the very least, all new cats – even if they seem healthy – should be kept separate from the rest for at least two weeks, and they should be vaccinated before they mix with the others. Bear in mind that droplets from a cat sneezing, can transmit infection over a distance of many metres.

Do you need to take your cat to the vet for flu?

All cats with symptoms of cat flu should see the vet. However it can be serious, even fatal, in kittens, and in adult cats with other serious underlying illnesses. There are occasional occurrences of a severe form, especially in the US, but thankfully this remains rare.

Is it possible for a cat to die from Cat flu?

However it can be serious, even fatal, in kittens, and in adult cats with other serious underlying illnesses. There are occasional occurrences of a severe form, especially in the US, but thankfully this remains rare. The usual concern is the risk of lasting damage to the eye, even in animals which otherwise seem mildly affected.

How does cat flu spread from person to person?

Carriers do not suffer from the disease but they too can shed virus particles and infect other cats. Particles can survive for up to a week in the environment, so a cat does not even need to meet another to catch the illness. It can easily be spread by contact with infected feed bowls or toys, or on people’s clothing after touching an infected cat.

How long does it take for cat flu to go away?

It has to be given for 3-4 weeks and can be costly compared to other treatments. Some kittens will fully recover from cat flu and never have a problem again. Unfortunately, some kittens don’t manage to fully get rid of the virus and become ‘carriers’. This means they have the virus for their whole life.

Can a kitten catch the flu from an adult cat?

Cat flu often affects kittens more severely than adult cats because they find it trickier to fight infections. Unfortunately once your kitten has caught cat flu, it’s possible they will become a carrier for life and suffer with ‘flare-ups’ from time to time.

How long does it take for a kitten to show signs of flu?

The kittens either get flu or become symptom-free carriers. It can take as long as two weeks for signs of flu to appear, so one reason for apparent vaccine “failures”, especially in kittens, may be that they are already infected at the time of vaccination. The vaccine, as with all vaccines,…

Is there a cure for cat flu in kittens?

Like human flu, there is no specific cure for cat flu but treatment can help to make a kitten feel better, speed up their recovery and limit future flare-ups. Contact your vet straight away if you notice any signs of cat flu in your kitten. Vaccinate your kitten to protect them against cat flu.