Bordetella in Cats – Symptoms and Treatment

Cats are susceptible to numerous diseases and all of them deserve adequate attention, although some may manifest only mildly. This is the case of brodetella, whose clinical picture does not imply great gravity but if not treated can complicate and result in the death of our animal.

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In addition, in this case, we refer to a disease that is infectious and therefore, if left untreated, can easily spread to other cats, other dogs if your cat lives with them and even humans, this is because it is a zoonosis. In this article from YourCatCareguide we talk about bordetella in cats and show what their symptoms are and their treatment.

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What is Bordetella?

The name of this disease refers to the bacterium that is responsible for it, called Bordetella bronchiseptica , which colonizes the upper respiratory tract of the feline causing a very diverse symptomatology. As already mentioned, it is also possible to speak of bordetella in dogs, even in humans, although statistical data show that this bacterium has rarely affected humans.

All cats can suffer bordetella although it is much more common in cats that live with other domestic cats in conditions of overcrowding, for example in a refuge of animals. The cat’s organism is responsible for eliminating this bacterium through oral and nasal secretions and it is through these same secretions that another cat can be infected.

What are the symptoms of bordetella in cats?

This bacterium affects the respiratory tract and consequently all the symptoms that can manifest are related to this apparatus. The clinical picture may vary from one cat to another, although the usual bordetella cause the following problems:

  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Ocular secretion
  • Difficulty breathing

In those cases where there are complications, such as for kittens less than 10 weeks old , Bordetella can cause severe pneumonia and even death. If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat you should call the veterinarian urgently.

Diagnosis of bordetella in cats

Once the cat has been physically examined, the veterinarian may use various techniques to confirm the presence of the cat. Usually these diagnostic techniques consist of extracting samples of infected tissue to later prove that it is that particular bacterium that is causing the disease.

Treatment of bordetella in cats

Treatment may also vary depending on each cat, although antibiotic treatment is often used , and in those cats most affected, intensive care hospitalization and intravenous fluids may be required to combat dehydration.

Remember that you should always devote time and observation to your pet, since when realizing these symptoms the speed of action is very important. The more the disease becomes worse, the worse the prognosis can be.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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