The symptoms of most cat viruses include sneezing, coughing, ocular discharge, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and fever. Identify the signs of many feline viruses with helpful information from a practicing veterinarian in this free video on pet care.
Let's talk about symptoms of cat viruses. Most viruses in cats that we deal with are upper airway or upper respiratory infections. And these viruses attached the lining around the eyes and the inside of the upper airway in the nose. And so many of those cats come in with discharge coming from the eyes, discharge coming from the nose, lots of sneezing and sometimes coughing. Now secondarily these cats may not be eating or drinking. And so that may be another symptom that there's an upper respiratory virus going on. Those cats are also a lot times withdrawn, are not seeking your attention or kind of hiding a little bit. And another reason may be that they could have a fever. Some of those cats can have high fevers associated with the virus. Sometimes 104 - 105 very easily and they may show up symptomatically that way. Other virus that we do see in cats are feline leukemia or FeLV and feline immunodeficiency or FIV. Now these are transmitted from cat to cat usually by bite wounds or sexual contact. And those virus are a little different sometimes in that feline leukemia and feline FIV or FIV is essentially feline Aids can manifest in immunosuppression. So those cats may just get respiratory viruses, respiratory infections or just become sick for unknown reasons. A lot of outdoor cats can have that. So essentially with viruses period, you're looking for fever and upper airway discharge; eyes and nose.