Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats
The great majority of these disorders can be traced to two viruses, but vaccines are available to protect our pets. Here's how they work best.
Your four-year-old cat Elton seems to be in perfect health. But about twice a year, he comes down with what appears to be a bad cold, complete with sneezing, coughing, lethargy, nasal congestion and watery eyes. These upper respiratory signs persist for a week or 10 days and then suddenly disappear, much to your relief. But then, five or six months later, the very same symptoms will pay a return visit, linger for a week or two, and repeat their vanishing act — a frustrating cycle that is bound to recur until you seek out proper veterinary guidance and treatment.