Animal Humane Society will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23. We will resume regular business hours the following day.
Feline Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) are infections of the sinus and nasal passages of cats. They can be caused by viruses or bacteria, though viral infections are much more likely. URIs are comparable to flus or colds in people. A cat with one of these infections will normally clear all clinical signs within two to three weeks.
Sneezing, clear nasal discharge, and watery eyes are all hallmarks of this disease. In more severe cases, cats can develop colored nasal discharge and eye or oral ulcers. The most important things to monitor with this disease are your cat's appetite and ability to breathe comfortably.
Feline URIs are highly contagious. They can travel through the air via droplets from sneezing or by direct contact. People can even act as a carrier of this disease between cats. This is why animal shelters and boarding facilities are all highly vigilant for this disease. Animal Humane Society makes every attempt available to us to keep our cats healthy (vaccinations, disinfecting cages, isolating symptomatic cats). However, because many cats enter our shelters already silently carrying viruses that lead to illness, vaccines are partially effective at best, and specific treatments are limited. The most common URI causes are very difficult to control in a shelter environment.
Please see your veterinarian promptly if you think your cat has an URI:
PLEASE remember to wash your hands after touching any animal to prevent the potential spread of disease!