Respiratory Infections

Articles pertaining to issues of the cat's respiratory system, especially upper respiratory infections...

Titles marked with a red asterisk * are for members only.

  • * Aspiration Pneumonia
    Aspiration pneumonia is a condition in which a cat's lungs become inflamed when it accidentally inhales foreign matter. It is critical that every cat breeder know the symptoms and treatment of this potentially life-threatening condition.
    February 2021

  • * Bordetella
    Feline Bordetella is a highly contagious bacteria that causes upper respiratory infection in felines. Young kittens are at highest risk of dying from Bordetella. Learn how to treat Bordetella and reduce the chance of it spreading through your cattery.
    February 2017

  • * Bronchitis In Cats
    Bronchitis in cats can be acute or chronic... and can be a serious problem over the long term.
    April 2021

  • * Building A Nebulizer
    One of the most important pieces of equipment that any cat breeder can have in the fight against respiratory problems is a nebulizer. Relatively inexpensive, with a few modifications, a nebulizer can be used to deliver lifesaving medications.
    April 2017

  • * Coupage
    Coupage is a simple technique that can be performed at home to loosen accumulated fluid in the lungs by rapidly tapping rhythmically on the chest of the animal. It is particularly beneficial for animals suffering from lung infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This article teaches how to do coupage via photos and text ...
    April 2010

  • COVID-19 In Cats: Update 2021
    As COVID-19 numbers surge in the human population and new vaccines roll out to combat the pandemic, let's take this time to update what we know about COVID-19 in felines . . .
    January 2021

  • * Enlarging Small Nostrils on a Persian Cat
    More common with Persians and Exotics, any cat breeder can produce a cat with small nostrils. But there is no reason for cats with this problem to suffer. Easy, inexpensive laser surgery can make the cat more comfortable overnight - literally. See the results in before and after photos.
    March 2017

  • * Feline Calici Virus - FCV
    Calici is also called the `Limping Kitten` virus since this is the most dramatic symptom of this common upper respiratory virus. Our article discusses the disease, its symptoms, prevention, treatment and choice of vaccines against it.
    September 2017

  • Herpes Virus
    A collection of articles all about the feline herpes virus. Recognize the symptoms, the treatment available, and most importantly, learn how to reduce or eliminate the herpes virus from your cattery.

  • * Intranasal Vaccines For Cats
    Intranasal vaccines are available to protect against serious Feline Herpesvirus-1 and Calicivirus infections. These vaccines do not prevent the disease but are intended to reduce the severity of the illness if the cat does become infected . . .
    January 2015

  • * Most Common Upper Respiratory Infections In Cats
    Herpsvirus, Calici and Chlamydia are the three most common URIs in cats. For the cattery owner, knowing how to recognize which disease one is dealing with, and the appropriate treatment, can save hundreds of dollars in veterinary fees and untold frustration. This article includes an easy to use chart to help you determine which upper respiratory infection your cat might have.
    February 2022

  • * Nasal Discharge
    A runny nose is a common complaint from cat owners to their veterinarians. It is important to know the different types of nasal discharge and what they may mean about your cat`s health.
    June 2020

  • * Nebulizer Formulas
    Several variations on the basic medication formulas for use with your nebulizer. Nebulizing is an excellent way of giving medication to a sick cat, especially one suffering from respiratory problems.
    January 2020

  • * Pneumonia
    Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that can quickly become life-threatening in the cat if not treated quickly. This article discusses the symptoms and treatment for the condition ...
    January 2020

  • * Pyothorax In Cats
    Pyothorax is a bacterial infection that develops in the chest cavity of the cat and results in pus accumulating in the area between the lungs and the chest wall. It is a very serious condition and can be fatal if not treated aggressively.
    August 2014

  • * Rhinitis & Sinusitis
    Rhinitis and sinusitis, together called rhinosinusitis, are a relatively common condition that most cat breeders will encounter from time to time...
    March 2008

  • Smoking And Your Cat
    If you smoke, you may be endangering the health of your cat.
    October 2002

  • * Steam Treatment To Unblock A Stuffy Nose
    When your cat has a stuffy nose, not only does it have difficulty breathing, it often stops eating because it cannot smell its food. Learn how to give the kitty a simple steam treatment to unblock that stuffed up nose!
    March 2019

  • * Unplugging Nostrils & Nasal Passages
    When a cat is suffering from an upper respiratory infection, it is common for it to have a stuffy nose, making it difficult for it to breath. Here are some simple techniques for making the patient more comfortable and to help it to breathe more freely...
    November 2017

  • * Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats
    80% of upper respiratory infections (URIs) in cats are the result of either Feline Herpes virus or Calici virus. This article is an overview of URIs and discusses the best approach for cattery owners to treat and reduce this common problem in multi-cat households.
    September, 2017

  • * Viruses in the Showhall
    Learn how you can prevent your cat from catching a virus at the cat show . . . Viruses in cats (and humans) are often most infectious right before symptoms appear. This can mean that a healthy-appearing cat at a cat show may be harboring a virus that it can pass on to your kitty.
    August 2016



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