HomeCat HealthInfectionMy previous cat was euthanised after having feline herpesvirus. Do I need to clean the whole house before I get another cat?

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My previous cat was euthanised after having feline herpesvirus. Do I need to clean the whole house before I get another cat? — 5 Comments

  1. Feline herpes and calicivirus can occur at the same time so it is very important to do a preemptive cleaning as calicivirus can live much longer no surfaces than herpes can. In my experience and from experts I talked to during my shelter medicine course and in vet tech school, many people consider calicivirus to be VERY hardy in the environment so I would absolutely consider it an infection that can survive on objects for 30 days.

  2. Better safe than sorry. If the cat was in a home situation why not put medication in the food ? Veterinarians that do TNR only need the cat in a crate in order to put them out and administer a long acting antibiotic which since this is a virus is only done for secondary infection. If she could euthanize the cat why not medicate it instead. The whole question confuses me.

      • As a rule when I was in charge of horses being boarded a stall was stripped, dug out and repacked and the walls washed and all buckets sterilized. This was done regardless of the health of the horse. It would be a good idea to do a reasonable cleaning of the house especially any food or water bowls. Washing and drying bedding in hot dryer or hanging in the direct sun. Since we clean our homes and sanitize for our own pets it makes sense to do so before bringing another cat into the house.

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