Bordetella is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract and is more
commonly known as “kennel cough” in dogs. Cats, however, are
also susceptible to bordetella, especially if they are already infected with
a virus such as herpesvirus or calicivirus. If not treated promptly, bordetella
can quickly progress into a life-threatening disease, especially in kittens.
Cat Bordetella Symptoms
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Lack of appetite
Cat Bordetella Treatment
Your veterinarian will diagnose bordetella by taking a sample from the trachea
or nose. Treatment generally involves a course of antibiotics such as Clavamox.
Humidifiers and cough suppressants, such as HomeoPet
Cough, can also make your cat more comfortable.
Cats with bordetella often lose interest in eating, leading to a life-threatening
situation called hyperlipidosis, which can damage the liver. While your cat
is being treated for bordetella, ensure that it eats regularly. An especially
tasty food such as Halo
Spot's Stew for Cats Succulent Salmon may tempt a reluctant eater.
Feline bordetella can be spread to other cats through food and water bowls,
grooming, and saliva. Some cats with bordetella may not display symptoms
of the disease but can still pass it on to other cats.
Talk to your veterinarian about whether your cat should receive the bordetella
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