Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Feline Upper Respiratory Diseases

When Minna first came to our home, I noticed her left eye was squinting occasionally, her foster mom told me that was nasal allergy, and her vet told me she probably had a cold during her first check-up. Her condition improved a lot during the first month since I fed her premium cat food without corn or wheat and switched to fragance-free laundry detergent. (I now feed her grain-free dry & wet cat food.)
When she had a mild cold this month, I did further reseach with feline herpes virus and decided to give her feline L-lysine as a food supplment to help control the virus. I will try a couple different brands and write a review about them.

3 comments:

Sweet Praline said...

Does Minna have feline herpes virus? If so, I hope this supplement will control it.

Praline still has one eye that tends to squint and water and the vets have told me that it is due to her tear ducts, which is one of the tendencies of the Persians.

Mittens said...

According to ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats, most cats exposed to herpes virus type 1 at some time in their lives and I wouldn't be surprised that Minna got it at the breeder when she was a kitten or at foster care before she went home with us. I figured there is no harm for Minna to try L-lysine since it is a necessary building block for all protein in the body.
Have you tried Eye Envy for Praline?

Sweet Praline said...

No, I have never tried anything for Praline's eyes because the tearing doesn't occur too often. Considering she is 13 years old, she is doing okay. Thanks for the advice.