Cat influenza

Cat flu is the common name for a feline upper respiratory tract disease. While feline upper respiratory disease can be caused by several different pathogens, there are a few symptoms that they have in common.

While Avian Flu can also infect cats, Cat flu is generally a misnomer, since it usually does not refer to an infection by an influenza virus. Instead, it is a syndrome, a term referring to the fact that patients display a number of symptoms that can be caused by one or more of the following infectious agents (pathogens):

  1. Feline herpes virus causing feline viral rhinotracheitis (cat common cold, this is the disease that is closely similar to cat flu)
  2. Feline calicivirus - (cat respiratory disease)
  3. Bordetella bronchiseptica - (cat kennel cough)
  4. Chlamydophila felis - (chlamydia)

Sources and notes

  • Control Cat Flu (future-of-vaccination.co.uk)
  • Feline upper respiratory tract disease - Cat Flu (fabcats.org)

Further reading

  • Cat Flu Symptoms and Treatment
  • Cat Health (sniksnak.com)
  • Cat Care Vaccination (cats.org.uk)
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