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---"I want to add my praise for WiggleLegs Frog toy.  My cat loves to play with WiggleLegs No other toy will do.  When I ask her to find WiggleLegs she goes right to it!  I just ordered 3 more as I'm afraid you will stop making them and then I don't know what we will do!"

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Feline Upper Respiratory Diseases

Upper respiratory system viruses Staff Writer

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR)
Feline Calcivirus (FCV)

FVR and FCV are by far the most common viral infections of the upper respiratory system: nose, mouth, throat.  These are highly contagious and can be very serious for cats with weak immune systems.   They are easily transmitted where cats are in close proximity to each other such as in catteries or at cat shows.  They can be transmitted from one cat to another through droplets in the air or contaminated objects.  For example, humans moving between cats can carry the infectious agent with them. 

Vaccinations are available although they are not always effective since there are different strains of the viruses.  The viruses are specific to cats (domestic and wild) and have not shown any effects on humans. 

FVR takes anywhere from 2 to 6 days to incubate after infection.  Initial symptoms include discharges from the eyes and nose, sneezing, salivation, loss of appetite and lethargy.  As the infection progresses, fevers as high as 105 degrees and conjunctivitis can appear.  FVR can be lethal in kittens and senior cats although it is usually survived by mature, healthy adults. 

FCV also has an incubation period or approximately 2 to 6 days.  It is characterized primarily by ulcers in the mouth.  FCV infected cats can also develop some of the symptoms of FVR.  Complications can involve pneumonia. 

Symptoms  may persist for 1-2 weeks in milder cases or 6 weeks in severe cases.  Stress can cause the infection to flare again.  Cats that survive the infection can be debilitated by blindness and other complications and remain infectious to other cats for months.  FVR is infectious intermittently while FCV is infectious on a continuous basis.

The symptoms are generally treated along with antibiotics for secondary bacterial infections.  These infections can be prevented by systematically vaccinating all cats and preventing exposure to sick cats. 

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