Does FHV shorten a cat’s life FHV?
Cats that clear the infection are carriers of the virus for life. As chronic carriers, recurrent active infections (when cats show signs and can transmit disease) can occur. These flares are often associated with stress or another underlying disease process. Flares are treated similarly to initial infections. Good management will reduce the frequency and severity of flares. By managing stressors, and remaining current on vaccines, a pet infected with feline herpes can live a normal lifespan.