Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

Feline Calicivirus or FCV is spread by direct contact with eye or nasal discharge and saliva. It may also be spread by coming into contact with the water bowl or litter box of an infected cat.

In the beginning symptoms include nasal and eye discharge, sneezing, and fever. As the disease progresses, drooling will be seen due to the ulceration of the mouth and the tongue. The cat will stop eating, lose weight, and breathing will become more and more difficult.

Treatment will involve the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. The nose and eyes can be kept clear of discharge by using a cotton ball moistened with saline solution or water. On the chapped portions of the nose, a drop of baby oil can be used.

A vaccine is available to help protect your cat against FCV.

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