Diagnosing Respiratory Infections

Signs show from 2-17 days after exposure. The worst symptoms are at
10 days.

First severe sneezing lasts for about 1 – 2 days.

Next there is conjunctivitis. Ths is called “pink eye”. The eyes are pink.

cat pink eye
Pink eye – Photo by Elisa Black-Taylor

There is also runny nose and the eyes water too.

Days 3 – 5 and the cat may have a fever and be apathetic and lose his or her appetite. How to check a cat’s temperature.

The watery discharge from the eyes and nose may become a mucous like discharge.

The cat might breath with mouth open. The eyes might be inflammed.

There may be a cough combined with sneezing.

cat with cold
Cat with cold – drooling
by Detlef C

Further signs are (for upper respiratory infection caused by calicivirus) ulcers in mouth, drooling and shortness of breath, dehydration (lack of skin elasticity), starvation.

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