Cats get Herpes, just like humans do. Nevertheless, cat Herpes behaves in many ways similar to human Herpes. A cat exposed to Herpes once, has Herpes forever. Vaccines protecting against Herpes do exist, but are often administered too late since Herpes can be transmitted in the womb. Herpes may also be transmitted between sneezing cats. THE FELINE HERPES VIRUS HAS AN INSIDIOUS TRICK UP ITS SLEEVE!
Like a train carrying a stowaway, your cat might be carrying Herpes around her whole life, sneezing it all over every cat she meets. You go out of town for a few days, the neighbor comes in to take care of Fluffy, and next thing you know, she’s sneezing boogers all over your face. Because the stress compromised her immune system, temporarily shutting down her normal defenses. The Herpes virus that had lain dormant in her system since she originally came in contact with the disease suddenly leaps to action, making your cat sick. When Should I Take My Sneezing Cat To The Vet? Herpes in adult, fully immunized cats usually presents as a mild case of sneezing with runny nose and runny eyes.
Herpes outbreak may be more severe. Clean your house thoroughly to minimize airborne irritants like dust or perfumes. Add moisture to the air, with a vaporizer, steam from a hot shower, or boiling kettle of water. Apply saline nose drops to help thin mucus in the nasal passages and relieve irritation that may cause sneezing. As always, if you are in ANY DOUBT as to whether or not your sneezing cat needs antibiotics, call our indianapolis veterinary clinic Leo’s Pet Care at 317-721-7387 to schedule an appointment! Reading this has made me feel so much better! We recently adopted a 4yr cat from the shelter, and he has been with us for two weeks now.
I assumed it’s because he just sniffed up all that dust. I’ve been checking to make sure his eyes are clear, nose is clear, he’s alert, still likes to play, eats all his food, drinks his water. I mentioned the sneezing to the vet who said his lungs were clear. But his sneezing was still a concern, so in the last couple days we’ve bought a new vacuum, cleaned and dusted the place top to bottom and bought hypoallergenic air filters for the furnace. He shows none of the signs that suggests we should take him to the vet, and he has only been with us for 2 weeks! I wouldn’t be surprised if he was stressed.
He has settled in quite quickly, refuses the cat bed and sleeps on the sofa, has claimed a window sill, sleeps at the foot of our bed. Maybe he’s just not used to our schedule yet. Especially the crazy Christmas one. I will be bookmarking your blog. This post made me feel a lot better about his health. Plus our apartment is a little dusty, but I have a feeling it’s his litter as well.
Thank you for the post. I just a shelter cat one week ago and was concerned about the eye discharge and sneezing. Feel better now knowing what it is. Our cat started vomiting, then retching about a day ago. She has stopped now and is having major sneezing fits instead. She is eating and going to the toilet and moving around.
Her nose is a little wetter than usual but clear liquid. Still not sure whether to take her to the vet? Please what do you think? Did the sneezing go away? Or did u have to go to vet? My adopted, adult cat has been with us for just about two years now. We adopted him and his brother, and found out very quickly- after a trip to the vet with all the snot you could imagine coming from a cat- that he and his brother had been exposed to the herpes virus. The vet assured us that it was common among shelter cats, and it was nothing to be actively worried about, unless the symptoms got crazy, as you mentioned. This week, one of the brothers has been having regular sneezing fits — but without any eye discharge, and only slight, clear, watery nasal discharge. His breathing is not impaired, and while he is slightly more lethargic than normal, he is eating and drinking normally and doesn’t seem to have a fever or any other symptoms. Do I need to be concerned about them mingling together while the older cat is all sneezy?