Feline Respiratory Infections

Feline respiratory infections (FRIs) are a common problem in cats. They can be caused by a variety of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. FRIs can affect the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, and sinuses) or the lower respiratory tract (trachea, bronchi, and lungs).

The most common symptoms of FRIs in cats include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression

In some cases, FRIs can lead to more serious complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or asthma.

If you think your cat may have an FRI, it is important to take them to the vet for diagnosis and treatment. The vet will likely examine your cat and perform a physical exam. They may also take a sample of your cat's nasal discharge or blood for testing.

Treatment for FRIs will vary depending on the underlying cause. In some cases, no treatment is necessary and the infection will clear up on its own. In other cases, the vet may prescribe antibiotics or antiviral medications.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent FRIs in your cat, including:

  • Vaccinate your cat against common FRIs, such as feline herpesvirus (FHV) and feline calicivirus (FCV).
  • Keep your cat's environment clean and free of dust, pollen, and other allergens.
  • Avoid overcrowding your cat with other cats.
  • If you have other pets, make sure they are also up-to-date on their vaccinations.

If you have any questions or concerns about FRIs in your cat, please talk to your veterinarian.