of a feline URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) can appear as if your cat
has a cold. Symptoms include: sneezing, nasal congestion,
conjunctivitis, fever, discharges from the nose or eyes, and lack of
appetite. The cold symptoms can seem to go on for months. These
symptoms are often caused by a virus such as feline herpes. Since
feline upper respiratory infections are viral in nature, antibiotics are
not especially helpful (just as with human colds or flu). It can be
discouraging to watch your cat suffer long-term with this chronic
condition and there may be bouts of hope as the symptoms wax and wane.
While conventional veterinary
medical options are limited, holistic treatments for feline URIs can make a significant improvement in the cat's life.
Holistic treatments for feline upper respiratory infection is covered in a more comprehensive way in this article about feline viruses.
A holistic approach encompasses a two-fold approach: changing your
cat's diet to strengthen the immune system and using a few supportive
supplements to control the virus. It is essential for cat owners who
have a cat with a viral infection to keep anti-viral supplements on hand
in the event of a flareup. After trying many different supplements, we
have seen the best success using two key immune support products
Quentans (alternated with Notatum) that provide fast relief of symptoms. For longer term immune support, the Immune Harmony has been very helpful as it is a plant sterol product well-tolerated by cats. The cat's diet needs to be grain-free and hypoallergenic using a novel protein to booster the immune system. If you need help deciding which products would be best for your pet, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be glad to help.