I may have fun with with vdeo, but cats with the feline herpes virus can suffer a lot….While the virus in people is annoying, in cats, this virus – typically feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR) – is an upper respiratory virus that may cause mild to severe congestion, sneezing attacks, watery eyes to eye ulcers, mild to a more severe fever, sneezing, drooling, squinting, lethargy, and/or general depression including lack of appetite. Feline herpes virus is generally chronic, and can come and go. Some cats are frequently symptomatic, and sometimes only rarely suffer symptoms.
Treatment of symptoms varies of the severity, and frequency. However, prevention is always the best plan. The problem is that once the virus appears inside a kitten or cat there’s no know way to rid the cat of it.
Dr. Michael Lappin, professor of Infectious Disease in the Department of Clinical Sciences Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, has verified the relationship between feline herpes virus and stress being a significant contributor to reoccurring bouts of feline herpes virus, and perhaps factors in to severity of the symptoms. This matters for cats in homes every day. And even more matters for cats in animal shelters.
It’s true that stress pays a significant role when herpes virus in people occurs. Ask any college student when when cold sores erupt, it’s often before final exams. The same is true in cats. While they rarely take final exams – and you may wonder what stresses a cat (that’s another video) – we now know that a calming phermone (Feliway) helps to maintain comfort in their own environment and take the edge off. Also enriched environments go a long way to prevent stress.