Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Sniffles and snuffles

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Half of Canberra's human population is down with the flu this winter - and so are the cats. While the viruses that affect cats' respiratory systems are quite different to the ones that affect humans the signs are similar: runny eyes and noses, sneezing, snuffling and snorting. Some cats suffer from mouth ulcers, too, but coughs and chest infections are mercifully rare.

Cat flu is spread by aerosol or nose to nose contact so outdoor cats or cats who run in outdoor enclosures are the most likely to be infected. 

While the cat flu vaccination doesn't always prevent illness, it reduces the severity of the signs and shortens the duration of the illness. Annual vaccination is strongly recommended as immunity wanes within a year.

Some cats, especially kittens or insufficiently vaccinated adults, suffer secondary bacterial, mycoplasma or chlamydial infections. If your sneezing cat refuses dinner or has pus in the eyes or nose then antibiotics are indicated.

At home you can offer strong smelling foods, keep the air moist with a vaporiser or pop your cat in a steamy bathroom. Wiping secretions away from the nose and eyes with a moist cotton ball will make your cat feel more comfortable.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


introductions flea prevention polish tick cat vocal snuffles bad breath antibiotics xylitol strange behaviour tablet lily FORLS pet insurance mental health of cats blood gifts paralysed bite information night cortisone calicivirus client night cognitive dysfunction ulcers scratching post checkup straining wet litter headache vet visit hungry blue birthday intestine sun paralysis cat friendly thiamine deficiency cat fight massage holes in teeth old aggressive hard faeces urinating outside litter diabetes dilated pupils thirsty castration sick herpesvirus plants kibble revolution exercise introduction petting cat runny eyes panadeine skin tumour bladder hole on heat sick cat holidays restless stare into space pet radioactive iodine flu vomit flea treatment stress echocardiography scratching open night dental check in season mycoplasma ulcerated nose touch hyperactive cryptococcosis snakebite dry food cat history hyperthyroidism wobbles best clinic worms opening hours panleukopaenia home visit hypertension house call cat enclosures behaviour change conflict cat containment panleukopenia litter box blood test spraying new year sense of smell spey unsociable dental treatment IBD computer New Year's Eve tapeworm brown snake foreign body skinny home prey learning behaviour eye ulcer whiskers outdoor cat introduce groom sucking wool fabric urine spraying off food changed goodbye christmas signs of pain rolls check-up constipation inflammatory bowel disease open day cough kidney disease itchy African wild cat runny nose snake cat flu feline herpesvirus paralysis tick overweight anaemia holes scale cta fight blood in urine urine socialisation roundworm toxic enemies heaing award pain killer weight control old cat cat vet chlamydia mass annual check furballs decision to euthanase asthma carrier drinking a lot indoor cats salivation advantage thyroid vaccination rough play sudden blindness dental snakes breathing difficult fluid pills bladder stones prednisolone twitching comfortis depomedrol plaque fleas cat behaviour toxins vision odour hunters sore desexing body language poisonous plants stiff love fat visit spray grass scratch sore ears mouth breathing competition Canberra Cat Vet face rub ACT feliway pancreatitis cancer poison train unwell sore eyes training renal disease marking adipokines slow dementia breeder bed yowling kidney abscess,cat fight hunter vaccine sensitive stomach blocked cat Hill's Metabolic cystitis hairball senses best cat clinic appetite hearing appointment poisons drinking more holiday activity heart disease diarrhoea pheromone furball new kitten sneeze desex skin cancer gasping panamax physical activity enclosure food puzzles kitten paracetamol nose scabs aspirin weight loss obese AIDS lump free senior cranky euthanasia hospital kitten deaths weight painful diuretics string urinating grooming fever blind lame noisy breathing allergy, pain relief photo competition eye collapse blockage examination aggression pet meat arthritis seizures joints heavy breathing fear pill dymadon blood pressure anxiety new cat poisonous introducing fireworks cage snuffle meows a lot moving eyes pica lilies corneal ulcer ulcer microchip sensitive tartar litter best vet lymphoma high blood pressure feline AIDS fits biopsy liver cat enclosure best veterinarian fight panadol diet feline enteritis hunched over not eating rash urination tradesmen FIV virus teeth ribbon hiding lilly mince poisoning pred urinating on curtains or carpet vomiting pain enteritis antiviral hunting bump change return home allergy kitten play kidneys blindness aerokat head insulin obesity health check attack abscess worming Canberra snake bite rub lick snot tooth rigid head crytococcosus catoberfest when to go to vet wool cat worms permethrin eye infection kittens hypertrophic cardiomyopathy jumping nails


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions