Feline Diseases & Viruses
Feline viruses can be discouraging, as conventional treatments are limited. If your pet is suffering from a virus such as FIV, FeLV, AIDS or herpes in cats, natural holistic supplements can help. A holistic approach combining treatments from your veterinarian along with diet changes and supplements can change your cat's life.
Symptoms of feline viruses can include:
- Chronic upper respiratory infections
Diet changes and a few supplements can dramatically reduce symptoms and improve your cat's quality of life. To learn more about how to care for your kitty, please read our article about holistic care for feline viruses.
Types Of Feline Viruses
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.
Feline Herpes Virus 1 (FHV-1 or Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus) - Cats are often exposed as young kittens to Feline Herpesvirus 1. It is believed that 80% of all kittens are exposed to FHV-1. It causes acute respiratory illness known as rhinotracheitis. Symptoms can include: sneezing, nasal discharge, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the eyelid). It also affects the reproductive tract and can cause complications during pregnancy. Cats of all ages and breeds are susceptible. However, kittens, flat-faced cats such as Persians, and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible. The virus is transferred when an infected cat's eye, nose, or mouth discharge comes in contact with other cats.
Feline AIDS is generally referred to as FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). The virus that causes Feline AIDS is a retrovirus that is in the same viral family as the Human AIDS virus. It is a very species oriented virus, so people and other animals won’t contract the disease from an infected cat. Most cases of FIV are transmitted by bite wounds as the disease is transmitted through saliva.
FIV is considered a slow virus because it often takes long amounts of time for symptoms to show up. FIV will compromise a cat’s immune system, making them more susceptible to falling ill. Cats with FIV may be more susceptible to a variety of secondary conditions (e.g. eye infections, upper respiratory infections, etc) due to a weakened immune system from the virus. Using a few supplements and proper diet, you can reduce the possibility of your cat developing a secondary infection.
Infection is most often caused by being bitten by another infected cat, which means outdoor, free-roaming cats are at greatest risk of contracting FIV. The disease is rare in the U.S. with only 1.5-3% of cats being affected.
Feline Leukemia Virus - Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a highly contagious virus
that can severely compromise a cat's immune system, allowing other diseases to take hold. Many cats with FeLV die from secondary infections within a few years after the virus is contracted. The virus is transmitted through a cat’s saliva, milk, urine, feces and nasal secretions. Once contracted, the FeLV can cause blood disorders, immune system deficiencies and it is also the most common cause of cancer. The early stage of the infection, when no signs of illness may be present, is called the Primary Viremia. The virus may move into the Secondary Viremia, a more advanced stage, when the virus enters the bone marrow and other tissue.
In the early stages, a cat may not show any symptoms so it is important to have your cat tested. The goal of treatment is to try to identify FeLV early before a cat becomes symptomatic and then do all you can to offer ongoing immune support. If caught early and immune support is given, some FELV-positive cats can lead a normal life.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is what’s known as a retrovirus because it creates an enzyme that inserts copies of itself into the cells it infects. Roughly 2-3% of all cats in the U.S. are infected. However, for those that are most at risk – very young, ill, etc. – the rate rises to 13%.
How Holistic Care Can Help Your Cat
Holistic care can help strengthen your cat's immune system, helping your pet to respond better to the virus. A two-fold approach is needed. First, diet is key. Cats thrive on a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet. This doesn't just mean eliminating grains typically found in dry food. Grain-free is a sure improvement, but many grain-free dry foods are filled with starchy carbohydrates that contribute to allergies, UTIs, Upper Respiratory Infections and more. Cats are carnivores and feeding them starchy carbohydrates has the potential to weaken their immune system.
Supplements for Cats With Viruses
It can be difficult to administer supplements to cats. Many cats love the taste of Power Probiotic (see video on product page). The NotaSAN, QuentaSAN and Immune Silver drops are all liquids with minimal taste. These three formulas can be purchased together at a discounted package price in the
Immune Support & Asthma Kit or purchased separately (see products below). The combination of the Immune Support Kit formulas along with Power Probiotic can be lifechanging for your kitty.
Immune Support Kit
The Immune Support Kit Is An Effective, Easy To Use Home Remedy For Cats With Feline Viruses
Contains three tasteless, natural remedies. These three remedies are easy to administer, reduce inflammation, and clear sinuses to improve breathing. Save on the package price when you buy all three natural remedies together.
NotaSAN - Natural homeopathic formula that fights infection and supports your pet's immune system. Controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving digestive symptoms and immune function. Gentle, easy to administer and safe for long-term use.
QuentaSAN - Natural homeopathic formula that fights viruses and infection, especially targeting the lung and upper respiratory system. Secondary bacterial infections often involve underlying viruses, so using the NotaSAN and QuentaSAN together is very effective in supporting your pet's health.
Silver Immune Support - Silver Immune Support is an all-natural, easy to use remedy to help your pet recover from a bacterial infection or viral flare-up. It is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and well tolerated even by tiny pets.
Power Probiotic - The best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which are essential to a healthy immune system. Critical to use if your pet has taken antibiotics and steroids. Most pets love the taste too.
Immune Harmony - Contains a unique patented sterol formula that provides long-term immune support. Very helpful for pets with viruses, autoimmune disease and cancer.
Not Sure What To Feed Your Kitty?
To strengthen your cat's immunity, feeding a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet with a novel protein is helpful. Many quality pet foods, even "holistic brands" contain too many starchy carbohydrates which convert to sugar weakening your cat's immune system.
Please include your cat's diet and treats on the order form at checkout, along with your kitty's health issues. Based on our extensive experience helping cats with viruses and autoimmune conditions, we will include a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.
"Boris is my (now) 10 year-old domestic medium haired cat. He's a gentle and loving boy. He's had issues with allergies and feline herpes since he was 1 year old, which manifest in sneezing and runny eyes with discolored discharge.
A couple of years ago, I found AskAriel, and at the recommendation of Susan, Boris was switched to a novel canned food source, and I put him on ProAller drops in addition to his daily l-lysine, Power Probiotic and NotaSAN as needed for occasional flareups. The ProAller keeps his eye issues mostly under control on its own, and I can definitely tell when I've skipped a dose. Thanks for helping my Bobo!" - Pamela, Zion, IL
Why Use Ask Ariel Supplements To Help Your Pet With Feline Viruses?
Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements on their own health and now want the same for their pets. Our premium, natural pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's remedies are selected based on quality, scientific research and proven results. Giving your pet supplements specifically for this condition will support your pet's immunity and help reduce the symptoms. A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) will give your pet the best chance of healing and recovery. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinary recommended nationwide.
If you have questions about which products to use, please feel free to email us at
FIV, FeLV, AIDS and Herpes Virus in Cats
FIV or Feline AIDS – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, also referred to as FIV or Feline AIDS, is considered a slow virus because it often takes long amounts of time for symptoms to show up. Though it is in the family of FeLV (see below) the two viruses vary greatly in their cellular makeup and composition. It is a very species oriented virus so people and other animals won’t contract the disease from an infected cat.
FIV will compromise a cat’s immune system, making them more susceptible to falling ill. Secondary illnesses are often detrimental to the cat’s health. Infection is most often caused by being bitten by another infected cat, which means outdoor, free-roaming cats are at greatest risk of contracting FIV. The disease is rare in the U.S. with only 1.5-3% of cats being affected.
FeLV – Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is what’s known as a retrovirus because it creates an enzyme that inserts copies of itself into the cells it infects. Roughly 2-3% of all cats in the U.S. are infected. However, for those that are most at risk – very young, ill, etc. – the rate rises to 13%.
The FeLV virus is transmitted through a cat’s saliva, milk, urine, feces and nasal secretions. Once contracted, the FeLV can cause blood disorders, immune system deficiencies and it is also the most common cause of cancer. The early stage of the infection, when no signs of illness may be present, is called the Primary Viremia. The virus may move into the Secondary Viremia, a more advanced stage, when the virus enters the bone marrow and other tissue.
Herpes Virus in Cats – Feline Viral Rhinopneumonitis, more commonly referred to as feline herpes or FVR, can be contracted by any cat. However, kittens, flat-faced cats such as Persians and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible. The virus is transferred when an infected cat’s eye, nose or mouth discharge comes in contact with other cats.
Feline herpes is highly contagious and can be passed through grooming, sharing water or food dishes and litter boxes. Some infected cats also don’t display symptoms of infection, which makes the virus harder to contain. Symptoms include sneezing, discharge from the eyes and nose, pink eye, eye ulcers and fever.