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

Sneezes and runny eyes

Thursday, July 20, 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                  Many cats are suffering from cat flu this winter. Mali's runny eye and sneezing are typical of the type we are seeing. He has been picky with his food and inclined to go off on his own instead of playing these last few days too.
The swab revealed that he has herpesvirus, a common cause of cat flu and widespread in the cat population. Mali was vaccinated against herpesvirus so he should only have a mild dose of flu of short duration.
Vaccination against herpesvirus and calicivirus doesn't necessarily prevent cats from getting some signs but the disease is much less severe and prolonged than if they'd had no vaccination.
Severe cat flu in unvaccinated cats can lead to runny nose, chronic sinusitis, mouth ulcers, coughing, pneumonia and even death in young or elderly cats.
Confirmed herpesvirus infections respond to a special antiviral which your vet may prescribe.
Mycoplasma, chlamydia and other bacteria may complicate the viral disease. Antibiotics help control these infections.
Nursing is the most important therapy for cats with flu. To keep their appetite up feed strong smelling foods. If the nose is blocked half an hour in a steamy bathroom helps loosen the secretions up. Wipe mucky eyes and nose with a moist cotton wool or makeup pad.
Purr therapy is crucial to recovery! Lots of gentle petting and coddling will help your sad cat through this difficult patch.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


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


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