Feline herpesvirus (FHV) is a common cause of respiratory infections in cats. It can cause symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, fever, and conjunctivitis. FHV is highly contagious among cats, especially in crowded or stressful environments. Some cats may carry the virus without showing any signs, but they can still infect other cats.
The good news is that FHV is not contagious to humans. You cannot get FHV from your cat, and your cat cannot get it from you. However, you can help spread the virus among cats by touching an infected cat and then touching another cat. Therefore, it is important to wash your hands and disinfect any objects that may have come in contact with the virus, such as food bowls, litter boxes, toys, or bedding.
FHV is not curable, but it can be managed with supportive care and antiviral medications. Cats with FHV may have recurrent outbreaks throughout their lives, especially when they are stressed or immunocompromised. To prevent FHV infections, it is recommended to vaccinate your cat and keep it away from other cats that may be infected. You can also boost your cat’s immune system with supplements and a balanced diet.
FHV is a common and serious problem for cats, but it poses no risk to humans. By taking good care of your cat and following proper hygiene practices, you can protect your cat and other cats from this virus.
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